Thursday, April 4, 2013

Toning up & Trimming Down Doesn't Have to be a Bore....

Some people stare at free weights and simply sigh. Their eyes glance over to the flat-lined treadmill and sulk. Another glance to the bike and the scenery it has to offer and they just turn and walk away. So much for that work out.

Some people fear the gym. Others don't get the gym. And some are just tired of the gym.

You know how you swear that bowl of ice cream is calling your name? (it calls my name too) Well, lets find an exercise that calls your name. The problem for some people is just finding the fun in exercise.

Some minds are geared for the challenge and strategy of WOD's, they find it fun to follow "bullet points" of intense sets. Their energy levels skyrocket when they see what is to be accomplished. Some heart rates increase just by the sound of clanking weights. Some minds revel in the spin of a stationary bike with imaginations floating afar and others gain sheer joy from mile long stretches of running. But if your mind doesn't work in any of these ways... it's time to find another avenue to fun fitness. You should not be missing out on an invitation to a good workout.

My oldest and I wanted a day to ourselves. No toddler, no dad. He's a tween, shopping and ice cream aren't his thing and the day was far too pretty for a movie. We've circled the lake too many times to count and primarily do that for exercise and his younger brothers enjoyment. With only a few hours to escape and claim time to ourselves we set out to a new place called Jumpology.

Jumpology is the science of jumping. No not really, there's no science behind this other than trampolines placed side by side in lengths longer than any Walmart can offer. At jumpology you buy your time to jump, bounce, and flip. Upon entering you're greeted with a sign that brags - an hour of jumping can burn 1000 calories. That sign tells no sweet lie. (so I think) We jumped for an hour and half. It was a workout without feeling like a workout. The fun was in the options.

From dodgeball courts to basketball courts we bounced. From the floor up the walls, we bounced. From trampolines set like diving boards, we bounced into foam pits. Punching bags hung from the ceiling encouraging you to jump harder, higher. And steps along the sides begged for a climb. Once the music changed over to beats like Gingham Style and JT the whole place went bazzerk. Kids were jumping and dancing and moms like me were literally showing off back flips and toe touches. We left a sweaty mess and headed for lunch served with a cold glass of water.

#bemoreactive was definitely accomplished today. Fun fitness was found. This chic hasn't done a backflip in years nor a toe touch. But I was inspired to try. And I was able to do it and do it again. Never limit your beliefs or you limit your capabilities, in this case that would have limited our fun.

I encourage you to look outside of the regular routines and introduce yourself to fun fitness. When fitness is fun, less of a challenge, holding no competition you may find yourself wanting to go back for more.

If bike riding and walking//running aren't your thing and you could care less to drop and give me 20 consider options like roller skating, ice skating, jump rope//trampoline, and dancing. Speaking of dancing....

Meet Gayle from A Gayle Force.

Hello Heart Shaped Sweat readers, I'm Gayle in case you needed to read that again.....
I’ve never been one for exercise. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking a multitude of things, like “Don’t you know it’s good for you?” and “Why are you on Kristine’s blog if you hate exercise?”
Well, let me explain.

I can’t get motivated by myself to work out. I’m so incredibly lazy that my excuse is that I don’t feel like putting on work-out clothes. How pathetic is that?! It is. I was so incredibly lazy until I found an exercise I love. Actually, love is an understatement; I am obsessed with it. Oh, you want to know what it is?
It’s Zumba.

I got roped into going, one day after work, more than a year ago. Oddly enough, I was going with my boss and her friend (awkward, right?). I had never experienced Zumba but had only ever heard amazing things about it. I decided that I needed to get in shape anyway, and since I had people to go with I would try it out. Well let me tell you, after that hour of dancing my butt off (literally), I was hooked. I went twice a week for months! I went until they stopped offering it. It wasn’t in a gym, but it was at an Herbalife meeting area, so once they started running out of space they had to stop offering it.

Basically, I can’t make it to classes at the gym like a normal person because I work such long hours, so I thought this would be the end of my Zumba love. Solution? I went and bought Zumba for the Wii. Now I can do it as often as I like in the comfort of my own home. Although if we’re being honest, I really do miss being in a class full of other ladies who were having as much fun as I was. More than a year later and I’ve lost weight, feel so much better about myself, and still enjoy dancing my evenings away two or three times a week!

After feeling so good realizing what a great workout can do for me, I’ve decided to add some variety to my workouts. I purchased a few Jillian Michaels DVDs – I guess we’ll see how that goes. I’m now so motivated to exercise, and I actually really love it. I mean, I love the workouts I’m used to. I still probably won’t be running a marathon anytime soon, but hey, I’ll take what I can get! 

Isn't she fun?!
I love that she tried something new and found a way to make fitness fun... and now it's a habit.
Her blog offers much more motivation than just this kind. She and another sweet blogger are hosting their first linky party.... Smiles are Contagious. It's every Thursday, link up and be a part of that fun!!!

What ways do you find fun in fitness? 
Have you tried Zumba or another group fitness class?
My personal fave (my M&M's of gym classes) is Step :)

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Unknown said...

Newest bloglovin' follower from the Collective blog hop :)

Julia Z said...

Hi! I actually follow both you and Gayle. :)
I love everything at my gym! I've recently started lifting weights and I LOVE it! I feel a great sense of accomplishment every time I can add more weight to the bar or grab bigger dumbbells. I've done classes too, but they always seem to be at times that don't work with my schedule. I miss them!
Reading your blog here has helped me get out of the house and back to the gym- I was in a funk, and reading your posts helped me remember how much I love the gym and being more active. So thank you for that!
- Julia @

Liz said...

I soo want to go to a trampoline park!! We have one about an hour away and I can't wait to go after i have this baby! Some other things we have tried and loved are rock climbing, more of bouldering rather than climbing. And kayaking, my arms! haha!

Martha said...

Gayle is awesome, right? So happy to see you BOTH today!
I would LOVE a workout like jumping on a trampoline. I can't imagine a whole lot of things any more fun than that!
I tried Zumba, and I liked it ok. But the lady was really really fast at showing the steps, and I didn't get them. So I basically looked like a total idiot.

Something Infinitely Interesting said...

The trampoline things is awesome idea, i need to see if there is a place like that around where i live!

Lara said...

Those trampolines look fun!!! I am trying to train for a 10K right now. I take my 3 1/2 year old with me in the jogging stroller everyday. I would love to try Zumba but I feel horrible leaving him since he is at daycare all day already. Maybe someday.

Tatiana said...

omg, I have a trampoline and it's amazing... but that looks even cooler! I wish there was something like that near here :) I've also done Zumba, and loved it. dancing is the best!

Alex[andra] said...

I'm so jealous. Jumpology looks like so much fun! The closest thing we have to that in Toronto is a trampoline park where you can sign up for dodgeball. Don't get me wrong, that also sounds amazing. But, I want to go just for fun! Not have to commit to a bunch of classes when I've got classes going on at the gym!

Jessica said...

This is awesome! Love that you had such a good time. :)

Jen said...

I used to fear the gym but I'm so glad that I don't anymore. Our gym is so welcoming and not intimidating, thank goodness haha.

Kristen said...

I love the jumpology. Ive seen it so many times but never really thought about it being great exercise. I hate the gym...i never know where to being. We do an exercise thing On Demand...totally free and fun. Wii fit is wonderful too!

Sabrina @ peanut et compagnie said...
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Erin Redmond said...

Hi new follower from the collective! This is great, we have one of those trampoline gyms here and I will have to try it. So glad i found your blog! I love fitness, and have been working on that baby weight, so this is perfect motivation!!!

Erin @ casualstayathome.

Sabrina @ peanut et compagnie said...

Bootcamp! It's crazy awesome! Flipping those tractor tires, carrying sandbags, pushups, handstands, just to name a few have really made a huge difference!!!!

Laura said...

That Jumpology looks like a lot of fun! Bet you had a blast!
My fave group class is Spinning.

Anonymous said...

I love Zumba! I look ridiculous, but love it all the same. And that special day with your kiddo looks like it was a blast!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

We have a similar trampoline place near us. My girls love it! I seem to get motion sickness when I go on a trampoline. Weird, huh? I do enjoy games like Just Dance and Wii fit, especially since they are things we can do as a family :)

Brittany Kyte said...

Oh, you are so fun!! I found you via A Gayle Force's linkup! Finding a fun excercise really is the key to success! I joined a bootcamp a while back that was so addicting, sometimes I would go twice a day! But, alas, I had to stop going because it was too expensive! Ha!

Ashley Robyn said...

How amazing and fun! I wish we had a place like this where I lived where I could take my nonexistent (yet) kiddos. You inspire me to get off my butt and do SOMETHING...anything. So happy I found you in this awesome blog land friend. Thank you for helping me make me a better me (wow lots of me's) Have a great weekend!

Maxine said...

I swear my heart rate is higher before the WOD than during. I get so competitive!

As for this jumping place..... where can I sign up? I need this here ASAP. I would be there before work, dinner break, after work, saturday... sunday... national holidays... you name it, I want to jump forever!!

Julie-Becoming A Navy Wife said...

Jumpology seems amazing!!!!! This looks like so much fun! I have never heard of it! What a great outing for you and your son. I am sure he had a blast!!! What a fun mom :)

Janelle Cook said...

Hi! I'm Janelle, and I found your blog while searching for military spouse blogs. I am marrying my Airman next year, and I'm really glad I found your blog! I can't wait to read more! Consider me your newest follower! :)

Janelle ( )

Susannah said...

What a fun way to workout!!! I definitely only workout when there's a fun way to do it. :-) (Maybe that's a bad thing...)

I found you through A Gayle Force's blog hop. :-)

Samantha said...

What a cool place!! Never heard of it but it looks like a blast. And what a fun mama-son date :)

FitTravelerAJ said...

Jumpology sounds SO fun for any age! I want to try more stuff like that on the weekends to have fun while being active.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks awesome! And what a great date night with your son--he will always have those special times in his memory. I wish we had a Jumpology.

Unknown said...

Trampoline, it's a whole lot of fun. I can jump around on this things for 30 minutes and it goes by in a flash. I feel completely energized during and after the workout. If you searching for the best fitness trampoline, Trampolines for you can hep you.

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