Resolve to Get in Shape

Did you get enough to eat this week?  I sure did, which is why I’m not ready to try on this Christmas present.

I am not courageous enough to show you the “before” picture of me wearing this itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. But I will gladly show you the “after” picture, or at least this picture of me last summer after just two months of serious exercise.

You know the routine.  Pig out during the holidays then make resolutions to eat healthier and work out more.  I’ve been doing that for 25 years, but only within the last year have I found the perfect workouts to fit my limited budget, limited free time and limited interest in exercise.

For me, Crunch Gym has been part of the key to success.  At only $10 per month I enjoy truly excellent yoga classes. That’s pretty much all I need from Crunch, although they have many other really good classes, plus tons of equipment and personal training.  I never feel guilty if I don’t make it to the gym because, hello, it’s only $10.  When I do make it, I feel lucky to have found such a great deal on my favorite form of exercise.  I have friends who belong to Chuze Fitness for the same reasons.  Both Crunch and Chuze have locations throughout San Diego.

Now that I’m in my 40s, my body requires more than just yoga to stay fit.  Many of my mom friends are transforming their figures through personal training and cross fit, but neither of those are of interest to me.  What I’m absolutely in love with now is reformer Pilates.

Joseph Pilates, the creator of the Pilates exercise system, is quoted as saying; “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.”

He was correct!

If you search Groupon and Living Social, you will find numerous great deals on Pilates classes around San Diego.  My friends and I go to Club Pilates, and you can find package prices on their website for classes that range from $10 – $17 per.

Reformer Pilates is a serious but relatively short workout.  The quick 50-minute class is perfect for busy moms because you accomplish so much in that limited time.  There are a lot of lower abdominal exercises, which is especially important if you’ve carried and birthed a baby and hate doing Kegals. :0

The key to any exercise program, of course, is to simply do it.  If you haven’t found the right workout for you, make a New Year’s resolution to give several new approaches a try.  There’s bound to be something you can get excited about whether it’s an actual class like zumba, jazzercise, ballet bar, stroller workouts.  Don’t forget about biking, hiking and walking…as the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.”

May 2014 be full of health and happiness for you and your family!



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