Having over indulged in the food & drink department over the holidays, my first inclination, come Jan 1, was to join the rest of the world in a trendy diet & fitness regimen. However, this blog & my Body Love philosophy have kept me accountable & forced me to think twice about extreme weight loss & detox ploys. Bringing myself back to rational thought & remembering the many-o-miserable diets of yesteryear reminded me that extremes are not sustainable. Periods of misery for only temporary results are simply not worth it from a long term perspective. So, I decided that this year’s resolution will not involve deprivation or misery, rather it will be one that is enjoyable and easy to retain. Yes my friends, this year’s resolution is to workout without “working” out, not bad eh? I’ve created a list of the workouts I intend to do, which quite frankly, aren’t really “work”outs. Let’s hope I stay fit in the process, I’ll keep you posted.
1. Cruisin’ by bike. There is nothing I love more than riding my orange dreamsicle cycle. I love the wind blowing through my hair & there is something about riding a bike that makes me feel footloose & carefree from everyday worries. Buy bike here.
2. Skateboard. One of my besties got the coolest gift from her hubby this Christmas, a long board. Hello, jealous, what fun! Not so subtle hint to hubby: I want a longboard for Valentines Day.
3. Hike the hills (run, if I’m being chased, or get some irrational whim to run the race to Robie Creek). Fresh air, beautiful views, serious noodle stewing time.
4. Bomb the slopes. My adrenaline rush of choice. Please, please, please, let it snow!
5. Deep Dance. This class is off the charts incredible. Kris Taylor creates these ridiculous mixes & leads the class with purely impromptu dance moves. I often get the chills, tears, laugh, and let loose to the point of resembling Patrick Dempsey on Can’t Buy Me Love, all in one hour. The energy is inspiring, the workout is amazing.
6. Yoga. Peace for the mind, body & soul. Reprieve from the daily to do lists. A good yoga workout is better than an incredible full body massage and is as close to meditation as my wandering mind can get.
7. African Dance. Blood pumping, ear pounding, sweat dripping (& sometimes BO smelling) workout of all workouts.
8. Workout with friends. Work isn’t work when you are chatting with friends.
9. Walk. This sounds like a strange one, but rather than driving to grab an ingredient at our local grocer or to get my morning latte, when time allows go by foot. It’s a great way to shake off the cobwebs of the day, get our dog out & spend some time chatting with hubby and son as we stroll to a destination we’d normally drive to.
10. Act like a kid with my kid. I’m talking slides, swings, monkey bars, and bounce houses. It can’t get any better than that!
I’d love to hear from you: what are your non-workout “workouts”?