While I’m still enjoying the exploration of everything Club Fit has to offer, I’m starting to find my way into my own exercise routine. I know by now what days and times work best for me to work out, which group exercise classes I like best, and I have a general plan in mind about how to keep things familiar but interesting. Each week, I make sure to give myself the right balance of cardio and strength training, but I always make sure to give myself a “Play Day.”
Play Day means that I can do whatever I want, as long as I’m having fun, and my body is in motion. Last week, I brought a friend to the club, and we spent time in the fitness center, trying out all the cardio equipment and weight machines, just to see what we liked best. This week, my husband and I tried racquetball. He is better at racquet sports than I am (by a long shot), so we spent a lot of time chasing low balls and ducking fast ones, but we also spent a lot of time laughing, blowing off steam from our work day, and sweating! After we got home, we made a healthy dinner, and had a well-deserved collapse on the couch together.
As adults, we rarely give ourselves permission to play, but I feel it’s one of the healthiest things we can do. If you’re with a buddy, or just trying something new on your own, it’s a lot less daunting to take on a new exercise when you just think of it as play. If you don’t like it, you’re not a quitter – just find something else to play!