Working out is something that gets harder to do as the years go by. As a young child you have so much energy and always want to be running around and playing with your friends. While you grow up, you find a sport or two that you love and focus on that. Maybe you play for your school team or a competitive travel team. Then, as years pass you get other interests or responsibilities as an adult that take you away from all that activity.
For me that was soccer, I played starting when I was 5 and all through my childhood and ended with intramural teams in college. In the beginning it’s all about having fun and learning something new. After a while it’s all about perfecting your skills and things get much more competitive.
While it’s still fun, the focus is more on being better than you were before. For me, I got to the level where I wasn’t really having fun anymore, but I continued to play because it was all I had ever known. Why would I give up something that I was really good at? After a couple concussions in high school I realized that I should probably take some time away from the sport because I didn’t want to ruin my opportunity of ever playing in the future when I went too far when I was younger.
I took senior year of high school and my freshman year of college off but ended up missing it. Not all the running per say, I always avoid running like the plague and didn’t miss that for a second. While I was still exercising a little, and walking to all my college classes was plenty of work, I still noticed my body changing. I wasn’t the super fit athlete that I was just two years prior. I missed it, so I decided to play for an intramural team in college.
I had a blast again! It was more about doing it because you wanted to have fun than be super competitive about it. Then, college was over and the opportunity to play was lost. I slipped back into a less active lifestyle. I knew that I didn’t want to go to a boring old gym and lift or run on a treadmill for hours on end, so instead I did nothing and the longer I waited the harder it was to start again. I tried a few different things, but in the end didn’t love them enough to want to spend all of my hard-earned money on it.
That’s when I found Aerial Dance. I don’t dread going to classes because I’m having so much fun in them that I don’t notice how hard I’m working until its all over and I’m sore the next day. I now get so excited on days that I do have class that I’m in a good mood all day long. Becoming a member of the Aerial Dance family has been one of the best decisions that I have made in a long time. I am excited to workout again and be active as an adult.