I was never really excited about fitness
while growing up. In fact, if anything I was completely anti-fitness. I
always thought that in order to like fitness I had to love running, and
I most definitely didn’t. In my mind running was painful, boring, and
pointless. I never struggled with my weight or eating habits, so combine
that with my dislike of running and I lived a pretty sedentary life.
People were always telling me that because I
was skinny I didn’t have to worry about those things. But, as I’m
constantly telling people now, just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean
you’re fit. And I wasn’t. I was embarrassed that a small hike would
leave me tired and kind of breathless. I could only
do one or two pushups before giving up. And a mile run around that
track – almost a fate worse than death.
Two years ago I decided I was done with
that and wanted to do something about it. Luckily I had some friends at
work who felt the same way, so we combined forces and took advantage of
the great Wellness program here at Utah State. We started with
something low impact – water aerobics. At first we were a little
self-conscious because we were the youngest in the class, but eventually
we made friends with all those in the class and we looked
forward to going.
From there we moved to Dayna’s Boot
Camp. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? It was. But then we went anyway and
realized that fitness doesn’t have to be boring or pointless. Dayna’s
a “no-judge” zone where you’re all working toward the same goals at
your individual levels. Since we’ve made friends with those in the class
I’m more motivated to go. And they’ll hold you accountable if you start
skipping class! In this encouraging environment
I started noticing small improvements in my fitness.
Now, 2 years after this journey began, I
can do several pushups without stopping, hiking doesn’t bother me, I
can jog a lap around the track without stopping, and I’ve participated
a 5K race. I still dislike running, but I’ve learned the feeling of
accomplishment after a session of Dayna’s Boot Camp is thoroughly
satisfying and slightly addicting. Fitness is now a permanent part of my
life and I’m enjoying the freedom it brings.