Thoughts from Whitney Martin| WIFR Anchor + Fitness Buff
The season is changing; if only those extra pounds put on over a summer of eating BBQ and drinking cold beers could drop as fast as the leaves! With the local pools closing, bike paths becoming cooler, and the kids back in school, a lot of our exercises are starting to move indoors. That shift means that we may want to think “inside” the box as we prepare to swap the intense heat for some heavy sweat in a new group fitness class or gym.
During the summer months, I get involved with as many charity races and outdoor activities as I can. Â I wouldn’t describe myself as a runner; I’m more of a brisk walker who signs up for some 5K races now and then with high hopes of crossing the finish line. It can be difficult to stay motivated when I’m squinting my eyes to read the backs of the dozens of inspirational t-shirts that appear a mile in front of me. However, as elderly participants pass me with confidence on the course I’m reminded that it’s not how you start, but rather how you finish. Â It gives me perspective that fitness is always about trying new things and being okay being a bit uncomfortable at first.
With the winter coming, my fitness regime moves indoors. Classes inspire me most and help me exercise in ways that I wouldn’t normally choose. The expertise from the instructor and camaraderie from my fellow students inspires me to work harder. And I always try to balance cardio and strength training.
Every Monday on 23 News at Five I have a chance to interview FitMe Wellness’ experts who help guide us through our journey. Whether it’s getting us ready for that first race, feeling comfortable in an intimidating weight room, or knowing how many calories are “too much,” it’s a chance to get professional guidance as we take those first steps toward a healthier life and a healthier Rockfordâ€‹.
It’s information that I put into use in my own life, keeping me motivated to continue signing up for those charity races. Â See you at the gym or on the road!