Updated: May 26, 2020
In the last 14 days my sister and I have exercised everyday together. And since March 30th I have consistently been exercising every single day. A few years ago I never would have imagined exercising on a regular basis, or even doing it everyday.
In high school, middle school and even elementary school, gym class was my least favorite class. I hated having to play sports and do the physical fitness exams. Mostly because I wasn't really able to do them, well that's at least that's what I told myself.
I also blamed my low muscle tone and low lung function on why I couldn't do gym class and exercise activities.
Years of struggling in gym class taught me that I would never be able to do exercise well. And it turns out I just had to get rear ended by a truck to realize that I am capable of doing exercise, and doing it well. And that it's something that I can do everyday.
I started doing Jazzercise early in high school, it was something I felt that I was mostly capable of doing and I liked doing it. Except I never seemed to do it regularly, as each time I would start, I would stop again. So I did it on and off until eventually I just stopped going.
At the time I stopped going I was taking a yoga class in my first semester at college, and I counted that as my exercise. Plus at the time I didn't know anyone who I was friends with who were exercising, so I decided that exercise didn't matter. As after this yoga class was over I stopped exercising completely.
I had so many reasons and excuses for why I wasn't exercising. I thought I was too busy, I had to work, I had to do this and that instead. And I told myself I just wasn't capable of exercising and being fit.
In 2019 when I started my journey to changing my life, and growing into becoming a better version of myself, I started going to my local YMCA by taking Zumba and Country Fusion classes. As they were similar to Jazzercise, and I told myself that since I was mostly capable of doing Jazzercise, that I would be able to do these classes.
And I loved them a lot, especially Country Fusion.
Then I started to take some turbo kick, barre, and even ballet classes, until I was rear ended by a truck. And reflecting back on it now, that experience of being rear ended was for me.
I ended up in physical therapy for the entire summer, and when I was finally able to go back to the YMCA, I started with yoga classes.
And I wanted to pick back up where I left off, but I couldn't because I was injured. So I worked from yoga to Pilates to barre to finally getting back to Country Fusion. But I had to do a low impact version of it, and not jump at all.
In September 2019 I went back to the spine doctor and he told me to continue to do yoga, Pilates and Barre for the rest of my life. And I was so motivated, because now I thought I had a greater purpose behind my exercises. I suddenly needed to exercise to take care of my body and not have pain, and yet that's something I should have realized before getting rear ended. I should have always been taking care of my body.
Before quarantine started I was going to the YMCA 5-7 days a week. I loved it and I was taking so many exercise group fitness classes. I used exercise as my method for coping through hard times and releasing stress. It felt so good to work my muscles and dance. I needed the exercise, I looked forward to it and if anything I even craved it. I was also going to a dance hall once or twice a week to do more line dancing in addition to Country Fusion.
With the quarantine I somehow kind of stopped dancing. I couldn't believe that I let dancing slide away from me. I worked so hard to get back to being able to dance, and then jump again, and I was dancing so much.
Last Thursday I danced to a Facebook Live line dance and it sparked something in me that I think I kind of lost. I forgot what it felt like to be dancing, and yeah it's weird because I'm not surrounded by other people, but it's still just so nice to dance. Even though I stopped for a couple weeks, I still went and picked it back up again. I shouldn't have let this quarantine be the reason I stopped dancing. And so I am going to keep dancing.
During the quarantine, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been doing Pilates with Blogilates. My sister and I did the Blogilates 7 Day Ab Challenge and then the Blogilates 7 Day Glute Challenge, which is something a few years ago I never would have imagined myself being able to do. It was really hard, but this is progress, and I stuck with something that I once thought I would never be able to do.
All I had to do was start, keep going, and believe that I could do it.