“Will they like me?”
“Will they think I’m weird?”
For me, introductions are always the hardest. My whole life I’ve grown up in a fairly active family. Dance was my passion so I didn’t pay much attention to any other form of exercise. It wasn’t until I moved away from home and could no longer afford dance classes that I truly discovered the importance of staying fit.
I had to find a way to maintain my figure without breaking the bank. Running made the most sense, but I truly was terrible at running. While in high school, you have to take P.E. It would not be that bad if running a mile was not required. I can remember vividly giving up after the first lap around the track.
Faced with not many other options, I put aside my negative energy and embarked on my first run. I guess it would make more sense to call it a “walk-with-small-traces-of-running.” I continue to work increase my endurance. Fortunately for me there are other ways to get my heart rate up. I now participate in Zumba classes weekly, and when the weather permits dust off my boots and go for a hike. The serenity the mountains offer make me forget how hard my body truly is working.
No one wants to gain weight. So, I was determined to figure out what it took to look good and stay healthy. Slowly I began to realize that my knowledge would never be complete. As we as a society continue to learn more about how the body works, new information is made available. Luckily, I have an insatiable thirsty for any information regarding the human body.
I have discovered many things, and I am sure I will continue to learn more, but the piece of information that resonated with me the most was that: the more muscle your body has the more energy it needs to fuel it. Ultimately resulting either in weight maintenance or weight loss depending on your eating habits.
As a woman, we sometimes over look the importance of having muscle. That doesn’t mean your biceps need to be the same size as your partner. Strength training helps to build muscles, which yes does make our bodies burn more energy, but more importantly it increases our balance and reduces risk for injuries.
Exercise is important not only for our looks but helps our bodies to stay functioning correctly. So do yourself a favor, and hit the gym.