Saturday, April 30, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

What do you do to stay healthy?

 

Since I’m always on a quest to find out about new exercise programs/classes and healthy eating plans, I figured I’d tackle a health conscious question today.  I know it’s kind of boring but, we need to keep ourselves healthy people.

As some of you may already know, as far as exercise goes I try to make it to my kickboxing class three times a week.  It’s a pretty grueling workout but, I love the intensity and the aggression that goes with it.  Another plus for me is that my instructor always has something different for us.  For me, that’s key because I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to exercising.

kickboxer

Another thing I’ve started to incorporate into my exercise schedule is MMA training/conditioning once or twice a week.  I do it mostly for two reasons.  Reason A) my Dad is in the process of becoming a certified trainer so it helps him create training routines for his future fighters and B) it’s a way for me to bond with my Pops and see him on the regular.  Don’t look so horrified guys.  I don’t actually fight anyone with the exception of my kickboxing instructor and it’s only really light sparring.  In my kickboxing classes I focus more on punching/kicking the punching bags or hand pads.  In the MMA session my Dad focuses more on jujitsu takedowns and grappling work but, it’s mainly on a dummy bag.

MMA training

Wow…after proofreading this post it dawned on me that I might give off the impression of someone who walks around being all angry and ready to throttle someone at a moments notice.  LOL!  I promise I’m one of the nicest, most easy going people you’ll ever meet.  One of the main reasons I keep going back for more punishment is because I love being able to release all my tension, anger and frustration during a workout.  I feel a million times better after an hour of roundhouse kicks and uppercuts.  The other minor and slightly more embarrassing reason I keep going back to class is because I sometimes envision myself as some of my favorite UF/PNR heroines opening up a can of whoop ass on their enemies.  And damn it if doesn’t make me feel all kinds of empowered.  Okay so now that everyone’s looking at me like this O_o I think I’ll shut my trap before you guys are convinced that I’m the conductor on the crazy train.

What do you guys do to keep yourselves healthy?

9 comments:

  1. Dang, I wish I did all that! I'd love to take real kickboxing classes. It's one of my fav forms of exercise. Alas, I'm very out of shape and plan to rectify that now that school is over. I do yoga and some weight stuff, but I constantly struggle with my weight b/c I eat a lot (mainly healthy tho), my metabo is slow as molasses, I hate cardio and I'm a a lazy cow. Maybe you can whip me into shape? :)

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  2. Well in your defense you have A LOT going on at the moment. All I do is work and it takes vast amounts of will power to get off my butt and go.

    LOL...notice that I didn't say a word about food consumption. It's one of the areas I'm still working on. I friggin' hate cardio too! Just the thought of running makes me want to cry.

    How's about a deal? You help me develop healthier eating habits and I'll um, whip you into shape. SYTYCD, scrapbooking and working out together?! I hope you don't get sick of me future neighbor. ;)

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  3. Wow, your workouts sound great! I don't manage to get out for workouts, what with the tiny kids, but I stick with the 30-day shred video, new york ballet workout, and yoga all mixed together. My toddler actually loves when I exercise, he likes to do yoga and jumping jacks with me.

    Of course, there are also plenty of days where I decide Malcolm has given me enough of a workout and I need to eat some ice cream and then go to bed! :)

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  4. You go with your bad self! Me, I'm super lazy. I need to bike more. I also like stretching and long walks.

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  5. @Karen - From what I hear little kids are quite the workout. So I say the ice cream is well deserved. ;)

    I've always wanted to try the New York Ballet workout. Is it tough?

    @Juju - LOL! Don't be fooled. I'm hella lazy too. I have to constantly give myself pep talks.

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  6. Nothing...and I really must work on that. LOL

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  7. Running around after small children hardly constitutes nothing my dear.

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