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Knock Me Down with a Feather – I’m Excited About Exercise

A "body opponent bag" on a pedestal ...

A “body opponent bag” on a pedestal mount. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My youngest has wanted to take a boxing class for ages. I finally tracked down a small place in town that does all ages classes. I decided to try it out with her and last night was our first night.

What a workout!

My eyelids were sweating by the time we got out of there. Luckily I have been exercising some during the last year otherwise I never would have made it through the class. The warm up and cool down consisted of jumping jacks, skipping, sit-ups, push ups, squats, bicycle sit-ups, oh my God. Then we put on the gloves and did boxing drills. Punching bags, in the ring, more punching bags. We even gave this suspicious looking guy a shot to the chin.

I was exhausted when we got out of there and I can feel those sit-ups today. I think we’re going to go back though. This is something that we can do together and we had a good time doing it. The only downside is that the gym smells like a gym by the end of the workout. Ewww!

So even though I can’t fit badminton into my schedule when I have the kids I will definitely be able to make this work if I’m going WITH the kids. Did I mention badminton starts next week? I’m very excited.

Who knew I’d be excited about exercising??

For a Brief Moment I Was a Runner

English: Running woman Nederlands: Hardlopende...

Photo credit: Wikipedia

I have this 4.5 km loop that I walk. I don’t walk it every day, but fairly often.

A few weeks ago I was out walking, and as it started to sprinkle, I hoped feverishly that I would make it home before the rain. Luck was not on my side that day.

It didn’t take long before it started raining buckets, so much so that I actually ran to get home faster. I had to take my glasses off because the rain was so heavy that I couldn’t see and when I did get home, I had to wring out my sneakers. I’m sure the people in the cars who passed me on the road were wondering what in the hell I was doing out there, lol.

Now let me tell you that I am not a runner. I’m not built for running and the last time I ran was during the summer when I was 19 or 20 and a good friend made me run with her. I don’t really like it, it bothers my knees and I have to wear an extra bra or something like that.

Yesterday, while I was walking, I felt like I should try running again. I’m not sure why other than perhaps I am in better shape than I have been in awhile. During the 4.5 kms I ran for 4 short stints. I’m not sure how far I ran or how long but I actually ran nonetheless. Well, it was probably more like a jog, but definitely faster than walking.

During one of these short bursts of speed, I passed a runner on the other side of the road and she smiled and waved at me. She actually turned her head to smile and wave, and it was at that moment that I felt like a runner. I felt a connection, a type of camaraderie, like I was part of a special group.

Does all this mean that I’m going to become a runner? Probably not, lol. But never say never. I could attempt a few short bursts of speed again. It does make the walk go a bit faster :).

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