I’m linking up with the Wednesday Word crew today and this week’s word is “Physical”. Naturally what comes to mind immediately is:
Looking back over my life so far, I can see how my idea of physical fitness has really evolved. Back in late 80’s when I was in high school (yup I know I am old!), I hated sports and really all physical fitness. I even used to beg my dad (a physician) to write me notes so that I could get out of gym class. He did and I never did any sports and don’t think I ever even sweat.
In my college years, I became swept up in step aerobics. Exercise at that time was all about staying as thin as possible. I don’t think I ever really enjoyed it much but still I hit those classes almost everyday for a few years. Women did not really venture into the weight room back then at all. Weights were for those muscle guys right? We all thought that weights would just make you gain, well weight. At that time, it was all about being thin and exercise was a means to end. Confession: I may have had a very similar outfit LOL.
In my late 20’s and early 30’s, after having my kids, I just wanted to get the baby weight off. I went back to the gym and started taking group exercise classes. That’s when exercise started to become a socializing event for me as well as I would meet up with friends at classes. At that time, fitness classes were incorporating weights (now called strength training) and I began to appreciate how this type of exercise helped me shed weight faster and look better.
It was not until about 15 years ago, after a ski accident where I tore my ACL/MCL , did I really learn how strength training could not only change my body but my whole mind set. I became slightly obsessed with working out and really seeing lots of results in a short amount of time.
It was shortly thereafter that I began running. At first, it was so much harder than I thought it would be. Soon, I was sucked in and wanted to see what my body was capable of. I actually looked forward to my runs for the first time ever. I wanted more and loved the rush I got from exercising. I did my first triathlon in 2006 (way before it was cool).
As I got more into running and physical fitness, I couldn’t get enough! I loved the rush I got from teaching spin and group exercise classes for a few years.
As I got more into running, it somehow became a huge part of my life and identity. Physical fitness became a way for me to push myself, to socialize and to improve both my mental and physical well being.
If someone had told me 20 years ago that that the girl who hated PE class would start my own running group, coach Girls on The Run and have a fitness blog I would have laughed in their face.
My how things change!
How has physical fitness changed for you?
Linking up today with:
Wednesday Word: Deb Runs