This post title is pretty self-explanatory but man do I have a love/hate relationship with getting fit. I wish with all my heart that I was one of those people who are early risers so they can hit the gym, but I can’t. I just can’t. Not because I have serious functioning issues for well over an hour after waking (which I do), but I also cannot workout in front of other people. It is one of those scared to look dumb, severely introverted situations that have haunted me all my life. Participate in team sports in school? Nope, I got my phys ed credit through the health component alone. Join Canada Fitness Day in Elementary School? Nope, I got a note from my mom and ran the canteen. Play a musical instrument in front of the class for music in high school? Nope, failed the class. I failed music class which is probably one of the easiest classes to take. And it is also kind of funny since my husband is a musician (I don’t think I ever told him that fact about me). Stand in front of everyone in grade 12 English and recite a soliloquy? Nope, I dropped out of that class and went down to general English to avoid it. Wear my cap at my high school graduation? Nope, I was the only one not wearing it so I probably looked dumber than if I had actually worn it. Hit on the hot guy I was crushing on in college? Nope, I waited until I achieved the right level of drunkenness and I ended up puking and being partly carried/dragged home by my roommates before I got the courage. This shit still affects me to this day. I have never grown out of it, and that is my long-assed explanation about why I cannot go to a gym to exercise. I needed to find an alternative. Which I did find in Bodyrock.
I came across Bodyrock about 4 years ago. It was a game changer for me. It is High Intensity Interval Training, otherwise known as HIIT. These are short 12-30 minute exercise sessions that push you to your limit. I love them. I hate them. I wish I would STAY ON THE WAGON. Every single time I start to see progress something in my life makes me stop. This time it was moving, then I wanted to start again in January but I never seemed move forward with that. Then I broke a rib in a stupid Sara vs the footboard incident at 3am that set me back as well.
I also was an avid yogee for the past two years too and I am making it my mission this year to do an unassisted head stand. Flexibility, head stand, flat abs, and a tight ass are my goals. I am out of excuses and am finally dusting off my running shoes. I even made a new playlist on Spotify today because nothing motivates me more than some good tunes. My musical tastes are all over the places so you may think my playlist is slightly bipolar but there is something about the catchy tunes of 80’s music I find uplifting and motivating, while the angsty grunge music of my teens gives me nostalgia and adrenaline. It’s weird. You will very, very rarely find tunes from within the last 5 years on my iPod. My new playlist includes:
- Zombie – The Cranberries
- Sabotage – Beastie Boys
- Hey Ya! – OutKast
- Soul to Squeeze – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Basket Case – Green Day
- Wannabe – Spice Girls
- Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks
- Venus – Bananarama
- Take on Me – a-ha
- The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
- Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
- Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine
- Pardon Me – Incubus
- Buried Myself Alive – The Used
- Survivor – Destiny’s Child
I also made a rich girl/poor girl workout gear edition. My workout gear resembles the poor girl side, and I would really love to have the means to buy some great quality much more expensive gear. I am obssessed with the Alo Yoga Goddess pants though. I love the way you can pull them over your heels. I actually found a woman on Etsy who makes yoga pants very similar and I plan on getting a pair at some point soon. Listed below the picture are all links to the items shown via corresponding numbers. What are some of your favourite workout songs?
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