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Why I'm Giving Bootcamp the Boot


I went to a new exercise class yesterday and guess what? I hated it! I worked really hard and now I'm super sore. Many exercise enthusiasts would consider that a good thing, but I don't. I'll admit the instructor had a fantastic body, and I'm sure those who commit to the program on a regular basis look just as good. But like it or not, I know my body and habits when it comes to exercise dedication, and I'm not in that arena. I felt out of shape and out of sync the entire time--not a feeling that makes me want to go back.

Getting the fit figure you want certainly feels great, but you shouldn't feel miserable during every workout along the way. Exercise should be a highlight, not a punishment. The instructor in yesterday's class believed in the mantra "go big or go home." And now that I'm home on my couch, hoping I'll never need to get up for anything, I realize I don't agree with that line of thinking. My advice: Don't go home no matter what!

I have no doubt that maximizing your workouts is the fast track to a seriously rocking body, but the problem with riding in the fast lane is that you can easily get tossed out or burn out. Going for a light jog at 5p.m. instead of having wine and cheese is a victory too. Find what works for you and do it.

Until yesterday I thought a burpee was that little blanket that saves my shirts from getting wrecked by my newborn daughter. I did my first burpee and was immediately told 20 in 20 seconds is a "must." Well, I don't believe in "must." I've got a sinking feeling if i did 20 in 60 seconds every morning, I'd feel pretty good and I might even look cute.

So what if I'm a Zumba kind of girl and prefer a booty shake to a bootcamp. It's all about moving in the right direction. Last night I took my gang for ice cream. Instead of piling into the car, we walked and opted for small cones without toppings. To me, that's a victory. A small one, but a win's a win. And no matter your budget, your body, or your threshold of pain, we can all be winners.


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