I have purchased approximately 7878932 yoga/pilates/tap dance classes and to this day NEVER attended a single one. Because? I HATE working out in public. The class atmosphere bums me out and gyms depress me. I feel like a hamster in a cage full of wheels in some kind of deranged dystopian futureworld, enslaved to calorie counting in a sea of calorie-counters with bad spray tans. (Or is that just an LA thing?)
Anyway. I decided it best to figure out a daily at-home workout plan. Something a little more vigorous than daily dog walks and strolls to the smoothie shop. We don't have a Wii or an X -Box so workout DVDs would be my go-to.
I looked to twitter and some trusted lady friends who continuously sang the praises of Mary Helen Bowers and her Ballet Beautiful classes. (Mary Helen Bowers is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet who also trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan. She also teaches live online classes!) Mary Helen recommended (via twitter) I purchase her "Classic 60 Minutes" DVD so that's what I did.
Two weeks into excercising every morning after dropping the kids off, (REMEMBER! I have a sitter who comes every. single. weekday. at 7am. I am not in any way superhuman! I am a work-at-home mother with five-day-a-week childcare help!) I am happy to report a noticeable difference in my everything. My morning workouts have become not only physically important but an emotional stabilizer. I now have one hour every day when my office door closes and I am left alone to breathe and stretch and kick some fitness action in an otherwise quiet room.
(I am currently typing this with my yoga mat at my feet after just completing my tenth Ballet Beautiful workout since first purchasing the DVD. Go, me!)
And? I can already see a difference. That sounds crazy nuts but it's true. My body feels firm in places it previously... hadn't. My balance, posture and physical strength have vastly improved. My back, which has taken a considerable beating throughout pregnancy and postpartum baby-carrying seems to be BACK! My back is back!
I'm sure it's been said a thousand times before (and far more eloquently than this) but building my physical strength makes me feel stronger everywhere else...
And then I flexed my (little but promising) 'ceps in front of the mirror.