Blogger diaries: My relationship with fitness
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Growing up, fitness was never something that I consciously thought about. Having attended private school for the entirety of my youth, competitive sports were required. Combined with summers spent at sleep away camp and days of tennis clinics and swim team at our country club, athleticism was more of a requirement than a hobby. If you'd have asked me, I would have rather spent my days lost in a novel or in an art class, but truthfully, I didn't think much about it at all.
When I got to college, I didn't join my friends in their daily sweat sessions at the gym after class. I didn't know much about working out, outside of the required sports I used to play, so I just didn't. Coupled with my fast metabolism – I was naturally very thin to the point that I looked like I was 12 until I was about 19, and my friends were constantly trying to intervene about a non-existent eating disorder – I didn't think that working out was something I needed to do. The pounds crept on so slowly that I didn't notice them at first. Fast forward to my senior year of college, and years of beer-drinking, late night pizza, and very little physical activity had finally caught up to me. It seemed that over night, I had gained 15 pounds. It was at that point that I finally made my first trip to the gym and started paying attention to my eating habits. I downloaded an app for tracking my calories, and started running on the treadmill and hitting the stair master every day after class. It was amazing to me how quickly this made a difference in my appearance – within 2 months I was back to looking like myself (only with some actual muscle).
This wasn't as easy to keep up with once I graduated and got my first job. Early mornings, work hours that often extended into my dinner time, and weekends of catching up with friends out at the bars in NYC meant that I rarely felt like hitting the gym, and was ordering more than my fair share of Indian takeout on Seamless. The weight crept up as sneakily as before, and my mood was suffering due to stress at work and generally not taking care of myself. It was at that point that I traded in my happy hours for SoulCycle classes, started packing my own lunches, and cut back on the drinking. Shortly after, I moved back to Pennsylvania and had to discover new ways to stay in shape, as the boutique fitness scene wasn't really in the suburbs yet. I joined a gym with Andrew, started running outside, attended Pure Barre once a week with my best friend, and hit up FlyWheel with Andrew on the weekends.
But moving to Florida last year threw another wrench into my routine, and I was left to modify once again. After a year of experimenting with different classes, and replacing too many evening sweat sessions with happy hours on the Ave in Delray, I've finally gotten back into a fitness regimen that works for me. When I'm in Florida, I try to take a high intensity interval class (HIIT) twice a week – my preferred studio is Slash Fitness (across the street from my house), but I also love Orangetheory Fitness. On days that I'm not working out in a fitness studio, I run outside. The heat and humidity down here make running a lot harder, but I've learned to run early in the morning or wait until around 7PM. I typically try to clock 3-4 miles on these days. Finally, I have started taking yoga classes once a week at Social House with Solful Health founder Kate McCabe. My travel schedule has made staying in shape more difficult – between weekend and work trips, I've been on 19 flights since April 1st – but not impossible. If I'm in a city with a SoulCycle or a Flywheel, I schedule a class. Otherwise, I bring my running sneakers and hit the pavement, or squeeze in a Kayla Itsines interval workout at the hotel gym.
What about you? Do you have trouble keeping up with your fitness routine?
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