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3 Fitness Truths to Think About This Heart Month

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A friend convinced me to join her for my first indoor power cycling class this past weekend. I’m always up for trying a new class (even after a painfully-awkward Zumba experience where my lack of rhythm was on full display) and decided to give it a shot. I was a little intimidated at first; many of the riders had special cycling shoes and already claimed their favorite bikes. There wasn’t much time to pay attention to this though, since before I knew it, the music was blaring, the instructor was cheering us on through his headset and I was drowning in sweat. I’m not sure if cycling will be my new class of choice, but I’m glad I tried it … even if I likely ate back any calories I burned with brunch afterward.

If moving more is part of your 2020 Vision, keep these truths in mind, particularly during this Heart Health Month:

You have to set aside your ego. If you’re trying something new, don’t worry about looking stupid. We’ve all been there, and chances are, people are too focused on how they look to worry about you. I highly doubt anyone was thinking, “Look at that new girl who doesn’t even have cycling shoes!” during my class. Whether you love a new workout class, hate it or feel indifferent about it, all you can do is try. And trying beats sitting on the couch any day of the week.

Accountability keeps you, well, accountable. This one is no surprise to TOPS members. Having a supportive community who encourages you to keep moving makes your fitness journey easier than if you fly solo. And it makes it much more fun. Find a walking buddy, “swolemate” or someone you can share encouraging texts with.    

Your fitness journey will evolve. Joints may ache, certain movements may start to be tougher than they once were and you may even just get bored with your fitness routine. It happens, and it’s okay. I used to enjoy running but now my left knee won’t let me go further than one mile. Fortunately, there are plenty of other joint-friendly forms of cardio like swimming, cycling, rowing or dog walking (the last one is a personal favorite).

With Valentine’s Day just a couple days away, what better way to show your heart some love than by getting moving?

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