The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews. This week’s topic is: types of exercise I enjoy.
When I was young, I loved riding my bike everywhere. Or, if I was lucky, I could use my roller skates to get around. Both were first choices anytime I could make them. Now that I’m older, however, skates are not my friends and there aren’t a lot of places to ride a bike that don’t require a car trip to get to first. So, I’ve had to adjust my thinking when it comes to getting in a little physical activity.
Walking is always a good option. Even if it’s just to the mailbox at the front of our housing subdivision, it’s still a nice change of pace.
Strength training became a favorite of mine about fifteen years ago. I started out with mostly bodyweight exercises and have progressed to dumbbells and kettle balls since then.
When the girls were little, going to the park and chasing them around was the best kind of exercise I could get. Currently, we’re contemplating whether or not to get the kitten a harness and take her for walks. God only knows, she’s as much trouble as a toddler.
Yoga, hands down, is my favorite form of exercise. I stumbled into it via PBS about 25 years ago and have been in love ever since. There’s something very empowering about how I feel when I’m done with my yoga practice. Recently, my younger daughter has taken to yoga, which thrilled me to no end since she and her sister used to practice with me when they were little.
Lastly, is my Peloton. Now, I guess I could have said ‘exercise bike’ and been done with it, but there’s something more to riding a Peloton bike. It’s like a spin studio in your home. You have live and on-demand rides you can choose from, so there’s always something new to try. The instructors are amazing, and the community even more so. You can make friends and ride together, chasing each other on the leaderboard all while giving each other – and total strangers – virtual high fives. I know, it all sounds ridiculous, but it’s highly motivating. My first ride, seven months ago, my output was 79kj and 126 calories burned. My most recent ride? A new personal record of 189kj and 406 calories burned. That’s how motivational this thing is (for me).
What do you like to do to stay active? I’m always looking for new things to add to the rotation!