ACTIVITY

kristina-schneider-runningWhen I first started my weight loss journey, I battled with activity.  I hated the gym, because I felt uncomfortable working out in the gym next to all of these fit and healthy people.  The conundrum of being the out-of-shape, overweight person that needs to workout at the gym, but feels like they need to become fit and healthy before actually using the gym (WHAT?!).

So, I made a few of my own adjustments and worked to find my own groove with activity.  At first, I started walking with friends on the regular.  Walking around the park, at the beach, around the neighborhood.  I signed up for 5K’s where we would walk and talk.  I would go up to the cliffs nearby and walk in nature.  And then one day, I was like… “What would happen if I ran?”  And those 20 seconds.  They were awful.

Slowly over time, I increased my activity and running became easier.  The next thing I knew, I was signing up for races all the time, including multiple half marathons over the course of 2015 and 2019.

In 2015, I also got into at-home Beachbody workouts using the 21-Day Fix program.  It gave me an excuse-free, 30-minute daily workout routine to stick with.  It helped me mix things up with cardio, strength training, and other lengthening activities like yoga and pilates.  I also got into barre workouts with my cousin and that worked muscles I had never even knew I had before.  I tried new things all the time. Zumba, Boot Camps, Crossfit, hot yoga, stretching/mobility classes, and more.
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I eventually found my home with kickboxing.  What started at ILoveKickboxing (which has studios all over the country), eventually landed me at a local studio called Kickboxing Club Fitness.  I found my #fitfam.  And I realized very quickly that I was someone that wanted and needed the social interaction with group workouts.  It also led me to OrangeTheory Fitness as well.
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All of this activity eventually led me back to basketball – – something that I had truly loved and enjoyed doing throughout high school and that I gave up when I went off to college.  I am now playing against and with girls that are 20 years younger than me and are far more talented, athletic, and in shape than I ever was.  It is scary and intimidating, but I am up for the challenge and know that these ladies are constantly making me better!

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