I'm not really a resolutions kinda person. Pretty much, if I decide I want to do something...I just go ahead and do it. For better or for worse, for good or for evil...
This year however...I and my hubby and I joined the local gym!
We have very different goals...
The hubs wants to lose weight.
I want to gain a bit and get my muscle mass built back up.
Last year was the first year I have rode and worked as hard as I did and didn't gain the muscle and tone I usually do. It was really depressing. The first wicked sign that I am not as young as I once was.
This fall when my back started spasming again, I had the chiropractor work me over and work me over. I doubled up on my MSM and even picked up some all natural pain relievers. That finally helped break the spasms. Finally the chiropractor was able to get my neck and back to stay in, but he told me...my back muscles are seriously imbalanced and that is what keeps yanking me out of alignment. He recommended I start doing some weight-lifting and yoga.
Then the holidays started with Thanksgiving, then the NFR, then Christmas...well...we all know how that time flies by...
So here we are in January, finally getting around to jumping on the treadmill.
I know my cardio is crap. My back muscles are imbalanced and my legs are sure not what they used to be. Do I really need to mention that I ain't exactly sporting six-pack abs?...Oh good...cause...yeaaa...that was never a reality, even when I was in primo condition.
I can't complain about everything though...I still got my 'guns' and weight isn't an issue.
I gotta confess...Ya'll know my addiction to sky-high heels right?
Well since my legs (and hamstrings) have gone as soft as marshmallows and I got a bit of that 'c'-word stuff going on back there...I haven't been terribly comfortable in skirts above the knees. Seriously...Sky-high heels NEED a little leg showing. I'm not talking 6-inch heels and 3-inch skirts...but ya know...it would be nice to be able to show a little bit of a well-toned thigh again.
Hey...just because I am in my forty's doesn't mean I don't like to turn it out once in awhile. ;-) LOL
I am excited about some of the classes that are available as well...Zumba dance? I've heard about it...haven't actually seen anyone do it yet...but I'm game. There are also Yoga classes, Pilates classes, Step classes, Aerobics classes and (squeals)...Kickboxing!!
Okay...so besides vanity...there is a more basic reasons for getting into better physical condition...my back for one...but ultimately I think my lack of strength last year really hindered my competitive riding ability. I need to get my leg strength and core strength back up to par so I feel like I can really ride in a balanced manner.
Wish me (us) luck...I'm pretty sure sometime in the next few weeks I will be on here whining about how sore I am. ;-)
(And Yes...I will be getting back to the horsie-posts immediately...I haven't abandoned the ponies...just been figuring out a few things in my head)