When I find a form of exercise I really like it is best I just stick with it. Such is the case with step aerobics.
For four years now my alarm has gone off just before 5:00 a.m. three days a week. Yes, you read that right, and no I don’t think I’m crazy. My friend and I joined this step class and we really, really like it. It meets early because so many must race home and get ready for work.
If you are looking for a new exercise routine or one you might be able to stick with, I offer two suggestions. Find a class with a really good instructor who likes to change things around frequently. It is so nice to have variety to keep the class from getting stale and boring. Number Two ~~ grab a friend to exercise with you. Having an accountability partner is definitely a major reason I have stuck with this class. During quick water breaks, we watch the clock together and complain about how energetic our teacher is (even though we love her!) the whole time we wipe the sweat off our brow. We even fantasize about leaving and going to Starbucks instead of finishing the class.
But in reality, we stick it out for the 48 (or so) minutes of step which includes hand weights while stepping and about 12 minutes of abs work followed by 2-4 minutes of cool down to Barry Manilow. Barry now has new meaning. It means the end of class has come! We LOVE Barry! ha! By reading this it sounds like we really don’t like the class. We actually really do. It’s a very good workout and we KNOW we have worked out. I have brought my cholesterol numbers down as well and maintained my weight through my 50’s.
Tomorrow morning my daughter Jamie is picking me up at 6:15. Her boyfriend and cousin are running a half marathon. We are going to walk a 10K, which is 6.2 miles. We aren’t in it for the race and time. We just enjoy walking together and she wanted to do this since her b/f is in the run. Trouble is, the temps are suppose to get down into the 30’s by early morning.! brrrrr As soon as i finish this post I’m going to dig out my gloves and Yes, maybe even a scarf!
What is your favorite form of exercise?