What is a time of joy for many women was my darkest hour.
If you didn't catch the riveting first installment of my "Not Anorexic" series, I responded to Cat's suspicions that I might be growing fur due to my low body weight, by telling you about my healthy eating habits. I promised I'd talk about exercise in another article.
Because I'm (all together now) NOT ANOREXIC, but I am thin, which is perfectly alright, you know. And some commenters have expressed interest in learning how I stay that way, which I am willing to share because it is all healthy and normal. So let's get right to it!
Above is a picture of me at Equinox Rockefeller Center in the complimentary sweats they offer. Since Equinox is the gym for sexy people, I expected flattering free clothes from Stella McCartney for Adidas or Y-3. Instead I wound up looking like an inmate. Whatever.
I've been a member of some sort of fitness spot for the past 10 years, and while I've tried a million different classes and trainers, I really don't veer too far from the exercise that's always kept me fit and semi-toned: running. This is so boring, but you asked for it!
When it comes to running, all I need is a treadmill and some music. I set my incline to 2.0 and my speed to around 6.5 and just go for about 30 minutes or until I have to be somewhere. At best I'll do 50 minutes, but that only happens once or twice a month. I pretend to stretch before and after, which means pulling one foot at a time up to my butt or trying to touch my toes. I am NOT flexible, you guys, and I don't like yoga.
I don't aim to exercise for a set number of days per week since a goal like that can be daunting. Instead, I just assume I'll run every day unless my schedule prevents me from doing so. When I first joined xoJane, I had an event most nights, so I only hit the gym about twice a week, but now that things have slowed down, I go almost every day.
Last week especially. Bryan hooked us up with 5-day Academy passes to Barry's Bootcamp, this high-intensity, sweat-dripping workout that was founded in LA, of course. Each hour-long class features a mix of cardio intervals on the treadmill, and strength training with free weights and resistance bands, or just your body weight, whatever.
Before we started, Bryan was all "I'm not drinking liquor this week," and other ambitious life changes, so being semi-competitive, I tried to do the same. By night three though, I was sipping tequila at 10 Downing with this hot bartender friend of Olivia's. Whatever, I need to live! And I was fine in the morning anyway.
I'd like to keep up with daily classes at Barry's now that our 5-day Academy is over, but I can't afford them, so I'll probably return to my usual running and go to Bootcamp once or twice a week. Naturally, the way I stay fit doesn't work for everyone. Fitness is personal. Cat likes doing exercise DVDs in her apartment and Madeline spins three or four nights a week, neither of which appeal to me.
What do you do to stay fit and toned, if that is indeed your goal? Or do you hate exercise all together? Let's talk about it. Go!
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