Monday, June 1, 2020

Inspired by the book 30 Chic Days at Home by @fionaferrisnz Day 18 - Learn something. I have been applying this suggestion to my workouts by trying something new and out of my comfort zone. I am a bit of a fitness fanatic. I’ve been running, cycling and lifting weights for over twenty years. I have my routine of daily runs and weight lifting schedules that I rarely stray from. During the lockdown I decided to try out the new @barreblendworkoutprogram that came with my @beachbody on demand membership. It is a fitness program that draws on the disciplines of ballet, Pilates, yoga and fitness. It is very different from what I am used to, as it calls for the use of 2lb weights. These sounded like baby weights to me! I wasn’t sure this program was going to provide much in terms of results, but I decided to give it a try. What a pleasant, uplifting surprise! Sometimes the things we shy away from are what we need most in life. I am having so much fun learning ballet moves such coupĂ©, fondu, jetĂ©, arabesque and grand de jambe (my only dance experience is 6 months of tap at age 7!). I mean really, is there anything more chic and elegant than ballet and the French language? I’m learning how to move with more grace and fluidity and maintain better posture. Though still tight from decades of running, my body feels more balanced and flexible. I am working muscles that were never activated in my previous workouts, which results in a more toned appearance. To top it off, the instructor @elisejoanfitness is a ray of light. She is so positive, inspirational and uplifting. I try to focus not only on her fitness instruction, but the words of wisdom and encouragement she offers each day.

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