​Living healthfully one thought, one forkful and one yoga pose at a time


When the everything-in-my-life-revolving-around-my-medical-diagnosis fog lifted earlier this year, my workouts changed - drastically.  That’s not to say I haven’t always worked out.  I have.  I have always done something; Step aerobics, regular aerobics, bike riding, roller skating, walking, hiking, occasional jogging and Tae-Bo for years.  And until February of last year, I trained with Billy Blanks three days a week for nine months.  But in February of this year, I decided that I had no choice but to push myself harder than ever.  I joined a top-notch athletic club.  With the ugly heart disease on my father’s side of the family, I went to a cardiologist and had a cardiac ultrasound and cardiac stress test performed, followed immediately by another cardiac ultrasound.  I passed with flying colors, no problem.  No more excuses for not finding my limits.  It was time to turn up the volume on my workouts.  And I have done just that.

The instructors at this facility have the most incredible knowledge of the human body.  The ones with whom I have conversed have kinesiology degrees.  I feel incredibly blessed for each and every instructor with whom I have had the privilege of working out.  They are gifted teachers.

The following is a list of the classes that I mix up for cardio at least three days a week:

Circuit training           
Extreme bootcamp           
Cardio sculpt           
Total body workout           
Competitive circuit           
Interval training           
TRX circuit (TRX was developed for heavy-duty training of Navy S.E.A.L.S.)           
TRX blast    (TRX is now used to train all four major branches of the military)           
​ Total body blast

These classes are intense.  I love them.   But more importantly, my body loves them!

I live exactly 1.0 mile from the athletic club, and my commute is always on my bicycle.  It is downhill going, and uphill coming back.  Only once did I use my vehicle to get there - I was coming from a dental hygiene appointment.

In addition to cardio, I incorporate a minimum of two yoga class per week.  These are 1 ½ hour vinyasa flow yoga classes.  Talk about intense!  My heart rate is increased as much as it is in the above-listed cardio classes.  These instructors are amazing, and have taught me a lot in the short amount of time I have been with them, like how to master crow pose.

We ride our bikes or walk an average of three evenings a week.  I absolutely love to do mountainous hikes throughout the year at a specific location where one gains an elevation of about 1,800 feet in five miles one way.  Once summer has approached, I enjoy roller skating on the bike path for at least an hour once or twice a week.  That pretty much sums up the extent of my exercise life.

I wish I could bring each and every one of you with me as my guest to the gym.  It is the best facility in which I have ever been involved for physical fitness.  If you currently are not a member of a gym, look for one that offers a wide variety of classes and times.  It keeps you motivated, and the cross-training tricks your muscles into shape far more rapidly than doing one stand-alone type of workout.

Peace to you, friends.