Although my preferred method of exercise is dancing the night away, I have to do a bit more to keep in shape. Dancing burns calories and is lots of fun–besides that zumba class I took the other day, but don't get me started on that–and is a great social activity. But in order to really get results you have got to feel the burn. As unpleasant as is the thought, a few times a week (at least) you've got to push yourself, break a good sweat, and be brought to your knees in pain. (Pain is change, as my trainer is so fond of saying.)
Such is an active clean livin' life, folks.
There are no shortcuts–zero, zilch, nada–and results are guaranteed if you're willing to put in the work. And put in the work I did today at Physique 57. When I tell you that I was begging for mercy, child, believe that. I didn't think I'd make it past the warm up (the warm up!), but I pushed on. I am an active person and work out a lot, but the barre method at Physique really targets those smaller muscles that are often overlooked during a traditional workout. When you're running, lifting weights, spinning, etc, it's largely the major muscle groups that take the hit, but Physique really gets in there and awakens everything else that may be comfortably resting.
As active as I normally am, I was like a bear coming out of hibernation! I lifted, pulsed, pushed and squeezed into oblivion. (Thankfully no photos exist of this.) But despite how horribly I thought I was doing (the obvious dancers in the class didn't even seem to be breaking a sweat while I prayed for a swift death), the instructor, Julie, was so nice, patient and encouraging. She made sure to give me shout outs throughout the class (you're killing it, Trinette!, even though I soooo wasn't), and bore in mind my bad knees when I had to modify some of the exercises. (Read: take a break.) Thankfully, the hour flew by and I was ambling down the subway steps again before I knew it!
Granted, Physique 57 is intense and is not for those who are just dillydallying, but for those who are serious about their workout, so it isn't for everyone, but something out there IS for you. You just have to find it. I'd feel comfortable calling myself a masochist with the pain I endured today and with other workouts I put myself through, but I take my health seriously and want to stay in shape. As a model, it's even more so that I maintain what the good Lord gave me.
Point is, get out there and do something. Find your Physique and make it work for you. I can tell you that it's so true that when you feel good physically you feel good internally and your self-confidence increases. There's no greater path to self-love than taking care of yourself.
Now get movin'!