Ugh. If I see one more fitness post in my email inbox or another fitness guru who is 6 months pregnant with a six pack, I’m going to lose it! How on earth do people have time to build abs? Seriously, I may have been skinny for 99% of my life but once you hit your mid-to-late twenties your metabolism starts to take a back seat and hands in it’s notice, letting you know it’s time you get a gym membership or hit the pavement running if you want that Instagram body.
When I was in LA, I could clearly see a huge difference in the way people took care in what they ate and making sure they exercised on a regular basis. I saw 70 year old men with the body of a 39 year old (abs and all) when I was running down the beach in Santa Monica. Don’t get me started on Griffith Observatory. Tourists aside, locals were taking their hikes seriously. So there I was, built like a praying mantis but with the energy of an octogenarian, climbing up a hill which, technically, I should be able to sprint up to.
Why does running never feel like it’s enough? I have injured my right knee in the past and now, thanks to wearing the correct pair of running shoes, I am still struggling with a new fitness dilemma – toning my body. If you follow me on snapchat, you would know I follow 10 minute ab workout videos which I try and do after each run but fail to stick to them for more than once or twice a week (those emails can’t wait!). I’ve dabbled with Barry’s bootcamp and I am trying to find a close and affordable kick boxing gym – anything that will chisel my stomach into something worthy of turning into a sculpture for the Louvre ! Don’t get me wrong, I love my body but it’s time I took care of it extra hard compared to when I was 20 years old. I have to eat right and change up the way I exercise and right now I am still finding a way that works and a plan that I can stick to and actually enjoy. Do you have any suggestions?
photos: Yvan Rodic