As you know for months now I have said that I am getting back to basics. I took my running back to square one. I did the same with my non running workouts. In January with a friend, I started going to a beginner core class. It has been good offering a good core workout with a combo of stretching and balance. My friend and I maybe the younger ones in the class which at my age is nice. Don’t let that fool you, these grandmas have better abs them me. I’m still working on finding mine which I’m working on.
Now that we have done this class for a while, we thought we would take it up a notch by adding a class before it. We added a Step Class. Yes, your read that right. So not only am I taking my workout back to the basics, I am taking it back to the 80’s! Although I realize that I might not be as coordinated as I was back then! This class also utilizes some weights for a nice full body workout.
It’s funny because years ago when I was doing Crossfit, I would have laughed if you told me that I was going to be doing a step class and low impact ab class. You know what? I like it. I have no desire right now to do the hard core workouts of Crossfit. I am more concerned with getting a good workout it and make no mistake a step class is a good workout. I know that some might think it’s a dated workout, but like jumping rope and basic push-ups, what works works. Bigger and better is not always required or even better.
Again my mindset of what I am looking for is different now. I have nothing to prove. I have no need to explain (although isn’t that the point of my blog). My goal now has become to be well balanced. I do not need to go from zero to 60. I just need a good cruising speed to keep me active, use my muscles in a different way than running, and maybe fit in my jeans better or in some cases just in them. I think for now these classes will help with that. We all know that core and glutes are important to running. These are things that I’ve ignored. I don’t need to be able to deadlift or squat huge amounts of weights to do that.
My goal going forward is going to try to be more balanced. Balanced in my workouts. Balanced in my running. Balanced with my family, friends and life. Life that is not balanced can leave you feeling dizzy. As with all things, it is a work in progress and as long as I’m moving forward; I’m ok with that.
I’ve learned that it is very easy to let things fall out of balance. You give to much with not anything in return. You push too hard without allowing downtime. You listen without being able to talk or the opposite can be true. Sometimes it is necessary to take inventory of where things are and adjust because if it’s one thing about balance….. If you don’t find it, you will surly fall.
Do you have balance and how do you maintain it?