newbies guide to getting fit!

Well, for starters, it’s me. I’m the newbie! I can’t necessarily use the excuse of summer coming our way to want to get my body right, because living in Hawaii, that pressure sticks all year-long. So the truth is, I am using exercise to try to combat anxiety, and also just work my way towards a healthier life.

Let’s do this!

My Background

Three years ago, when I first came to college, like many of us, I gained about 25 pounds. I was a ballet dancer my entire life and without knowing it, I suppose that’s how I was maintaining my weight. So when college came around… blah.

Lucky for me, not many people noticed my weight gain, I just “filled out.” But, let’s face it, I felt like crap. I tried working out with friends as well as on my own for the next two years at the campus gym, and aside from rounding out my booty, nothing was happening. I was unmotivated and only wanted to work out maybe once a week, if that.

And, here we are.

For about the last six to seven months, I haven’t been working out or being active at all. I became an unhappy, anxiety-ridden, couch potato. And when the world always feels as though its spinning faster than you can process, the last thing you want to do it be active. I know it.

And as much as I hate that it’s true, EXERCISE HELPS.

I enrolled myself in a barre class. I had never done any kind of work out class so the nerves were kicking in, but I showed up early, got myself a cozy spot in the back of the room and hoped I didn’t fall on my face.

Barre is a work out program that involves “high reps of small-range-of-motion movements.” Moves are inspired by ballet, yoga and pilates.

The studio I go to is called Pure Barre, there are locations all over the US!

It was much harder than I imagined, which was good for me. I thought I was going to go in there and kill it, because most of my life I was in shape without even realizing it, from dancing. Honey, I did not kill it. It killed me. But I felt AWESOME afterward. Accomplished, really.

Another upside for me, going to Pure Barre, the instructor remembers my name. Sounds silly, but it really makes a difference. She always welcomes me and during class is uplifting, helps when you need help, and lets you know when you’re killing it.

The best part is that it impacts other areas of my life, like what I am eating. Once I finish my classes, all I want to do is stuff my face with, i don’t know, KALE or something that seems healthy. Lately after my classes I’ve been making shakes with vegan protein powder and that always makes me feel good!

So now that you’ve read through my rambling,

  1. Do some reasearch. Find out what is going to work for you! I highly recommend taking some sort of class, whether it be at a studio, like yoga or barre, or at your gym, like zumba or HIIT. Being in a group setting pushes you to keep going, even when it hurts and even when you want to quit.
  2. Just go. This is the hardest part! Going to that class the very first time is intimidating, you don’t know what you’re doing, the other people know each other, and what if you’re not good at it. Well, WHO CARES. Do it for you and do it for your health, both mental and physical.
  3. Drink water and eat for NUTRITION. Notice how your body feels after working out. Tired, maybe achy, and hungry. Fuel it with whole, yummy, healing foods and results should come in no time.
  4. Pay for classes in advance. I paid for one month of unlimited classes and that seems to be working for me. Mentally, I have to go at least as many times as it takes to get my monies worth. But, depending on who you are as a person, it might work better if you pay for a specific amount of classes instead of unlimited. For example, paying for 5 classes pressures you to go to all five classes before time runs out as opposed to just feeling like you can go “unlimited times,” because more often than not, unlimited ends up being like… twice.

I am going to continue going and continue updating. I am not trying to lose any weight at this time, just trying to get stronger and make myself feel good. I challenge you to join me, send me messages or leave comments, I can use all the motivation I can get!

Keep it made with love,

Your workout partner,

Hanna

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I'm Hanna! A wine drinkin', animal lovin', tree huggin', vegan culinary student who is obsessed with finding out where food comes from and how to thrive on a plant-based diet. Join me!

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