If any of you have checked your calendars recently, you may have noticed it is late July. Summer is almost halfway over, and bikini body season is well underway. A fitness post seems long overdue. Though that may be true, getting in shape does not have to be limited to the spring.
In high school, I was on both the soccer and tennis team. This guaranteed two hours of working out at least five days a week. The best part? You did not even realize you were working out, because all the while, you were laughing and commiserating with your teammates. Flash to the future, I try my best to squeeze a three mile run in my day, but that pales in comparison to the sprints and interval training I used to do without thinking.
My old soccer coach always promised that after one season with him, we would be in the best shape of our lives. Looking back on my old high school spring break photos, I can see he was right.
Post high school, some unwanted skin has snuck up on me. Some of it is because of getting older, but some of it is because McDonalds is my favorite place to get a breakfast sandwich. Most experts agree you can’t hold onto a 16 year old’s metabolism forever. Unless you are Heidi Klum. For the rest of us though, it is time to make a few changes.
Living in New York, I benefit from walking on average 5 to 10 miles everyday. I also am hindered by the unbelievably easy access to cheap Chinese take out (my ultimate weakness).
I recently partnered with Onzie, an activewear brand known for its minimalist designs and contemporary cuts, and decided I needed to make a change. Don’t get me wrong. I am by no means encouraging negative body image. Another benefit of leaving high school is developing real confidence. You begin to realize the things you are good at and the things you aren’t. Instead of agonizing over the fact that I will never be even a semi good dancer, I have accepted my undeniable whiteness and try to avoid embarrassing myself in front of large crowds.
Instead, this is about getting rid of unhealthy habits I have let get the best of me for too long i.e. cheap Chinese takeout, eating snack food for dinner, and considering shopping an acceptable alternative to cardio.
Commitment to living a healthy lifestyle is just that: a commitment. A pretty darn difficult one when you have a sweet tooth as bad as mine. The Onzie brand inspired me to make that commitment, and I am counting on you guys to help me keep it.