I’m writing this right before my first fitness assessment with my new personal trainer, courtesy of UNC’s fantastic student rate that makes these sessions just $25 a pop. Since this is a third of the normal cost for this type of thing, it’s making it a little easier for me to force myself to do cardio – a.k.a. a real workout, above and beyond taking the dog for a brisk walk. My eager trainer has already half-convinced me to meet with her on Mondays, take her Water Aerobics class on Tuesdays, and then something vaguely terrifying and intense on Wednesdays that has the words “Cardio” and “Pump” right there in the title. We’ll see if I survive today first.
Now, I must say I do a ton of pilates classes – both the equipment kind and mat. I throw in deep stretch or yoga sessions a couple times a month, and I really enjoy hip-hop dance when I can squeeze it in. I’ve already talked about my studio on this blog, but seriously – InsideOut Body Therapies is the best. Right now their summer special allows you to sign up for individual equipment classes at the heavily discounted package rate, and for something lower-key, Friday evening Deep Stretch is the perfect way to unwind. It’s nice to have one go-to place that has a lot of class options and solid instructors.
But…I need to step it up a bit. After all, I’ve got to keep up with Harold, who runs, bikes, plays soccer, or otherwise gets sweaty almost seven days a week. In the spirit of working out – and working it – here are a few more of our favorite ways to enjoy year-round exercise in the Triangle:
- Hiking around Jordan Lake, Battle Park, or the Eno River. Walking (and biking) the Tobacco Trail, the Bolin Creek Trail or Museum Park.
- Playing for Rainbow Soccer’s “Wisely” league. Harold will assistant coach his team next season!
- Shaking it like a Polaroid picture at 9th Street Dance
- Yoga in the Botanical Gardens or in the Art Museum – my Mom’s favorite.
- Racing Harold across our pool. I wouldn’t say that I often win…but there are a few ties from time to time. This may also have something to do with Harold either giving up or dragging me to a stop if he feels like I might pull off a victory.
- Jumping up and down at basketball games.
- Pretending to be Michael Jackson on the Wii.
- And, of course, lifting biscuits into our mouths
Off to test my limits!