I have never been athletic. I tried various sports throughout my childhood, but none of them stuck. When I was 13, I started taking Tae-Kwon-D0. I received my black belt at age 17, and I am proud to say have more or less stuck with karate for 9 years. But I can’t keep up with it in college and I never really felt fit even when I was active. Last year I started running, but it was a struggle and I got bored frequently. Then summer came and I lost my routine. I did karate twice a week, but that was it.
Now I am returning to school. A huge schedule upheaval and location change means I have to totally revamp my workout routine. I know I would like to do more, and I know that I should be doing cardio, strength training, and yoga. But I don’t know what the right balance is, what someone my age and physical status should be doing, or even what all my options are. Faced with the daunting task of drawing up a new routine that fits into my schedule, what’s a girl to do?
Read Real Fit at Every Age!
Real Fit at Every Age is written by Julie of Real Fit Mama. She is a fellow VGN blogger and I am very excited to share this new book with you. I usually focus on green and chemical-free living in this blog (when I’m not talking about my eczema!), but fitness and movement are just as important to living a healthy life.
Yes, I said movement, not exercise. That is something that Julie emphasizes in Real Fit at Every Age. Our bodies are made to move, and an exercise mentality can lead to an hour of movement, and 23 of sitting around. That’s no good for your overall health and well being (although, of course, some exercise is better than none)! Of course, she still gives many ideas for traditional workouts.
The thing I love about this book is that it is for everyone. Real Fit at Every Age could not have a more apt title: no matter what stage of life you are in, or what your fitness level is, this book has something to offer. It not only has helped me draw up a back-to-school plan, but it is a book I will keep with me through the years as my goals and my health change. Maybe I will get injured or become pregnant (and want to raise active children). I will certainly get older. There will be times when I am solid in my routine, and there will be times when I need some motivation. And Real Fit at Every Age will be there to give me ideas, inspiration, and remind me why I’m doing this:
Another wonderful thing about this book is how positive it is. As Julie talks about nutrition, body image, and fitness, she focuses on the good and natural, on just being healthy and caring for our bodies above all. Real Fit at Every Age is not just a fitness book, it is a book about wellness in every area of your life, and how that will lead to overall health. It is a great attitude and a good one for me to be reminded of. Yes, I need a routine for school, but I need to remember that there is more to my health and fitness than that. If I don’t do it, it’s okay. If I do less than I planned, it’s okay. And even if I do more, I still need to get my butt out of my chair more often! Most importantly and above all, I need to honor my body.
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