Saturday, December 21, 2013

Time to Shape Up

I'll be the first to admit I'm not in the best of shape.  Being in my mid-40's, running around with two kids, and having a relatively sedentary job doesn't help, even though I do Arnis three times a week.

Paperweight? - old me
The truth is, I started the martial arts originally to get into better shape.  You see, At the age of 38, I was surprised to discover I was going to get old.


It's true!  I didn't, in my heart, believe I would grow old.  I thought something would happen before I got that far.

In any case, I realized that old age was going to suck unless I took action, because I was weak, very over weight, and I smoked two packs a day.  I quit smoking, I addressed eating better, but then... I needed to take up a physical activity.

Most of us fall into two camps when it comes to things like this: self-directed, and other-directed.
  • Self-directed people can set a workout routine and just stick to it on their own schedule.  My husband is like this, as is many people I know.  They run, bike, work out at home, go to the gym, whatever, without any outside influence at all.
  • Other-directed people need to have outside influences keeping them motivated.  Things like fitness (and martial arts) classes, workout buddy arrangements, and physical trainers are what they need to keep going.  I fall into this camp - I need an appointment and someone else to help me be accountable.
My daughter had been in Tae Kwon Do since age five, and my husband had started it about six months earlier, so I took up PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do in spring 2008.  I've been practicing martial arts ever since.

Me in my first gi and
first white belt
I've fallen in love with the martial arts so much that I've decided that I'd love to teach and have my own school some day.  But to do that, I think I need to dramatically improve myself physically.  I would like to be stronger, have better endurance, and honestly, "look" like a good martial arts teacher (I am, after all, a marketer by trade).

So I'm starting to work with a physical trainer in 2014 to get to a level I'm comfortable with and can learn to maintain in preparation to have our own school in five or ten years time.   I'll let you know how it goes.

What are your fitness goals, and what are you doing to address them?  Any tips?  Let me know!