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Tackling difficulties and overcoming the challenges life serves up – by Dona Halliday

Work what works for you–Finding your fitness groove

Finding your fitness groove

"Saturday morning at-home exercise"

Class is over, we’re standing in the “Y’s” parking lot talking, 3 beautiful women, 3 different body types, all committed to our particular exercise routines and with different goals in mind. I’m the leanest of the 3, and lest you think I’m boasting, let me say that I’m a black West Indian who believes my heritage dictates that I should be packing at least a little bit of “junkiness in my chunkiness.” So several years ago when my doctor hinted at high cholesterol and I changed my eating habits and my hips disappeared I was not pleased. Years later, my healthy eating habits have remained, I’ve kicked up my exercise routine and I said good-bye to hips.

I’ve realized, though, it’s not only important to know the fitness level you want to achieve, but finding your personal fitness groove is paramount — that is, a routine that is fun, flexible, works and can grow into a life long habit.

I had committed myself to 2 nights at the “Y” (1 hour of yoga, 45 mins of cardio box and 1 hr of Zumba.) However, I wanted to exercise more often without having to give more time at the “Y”, so I needed to find something that I can do at home consistently. I have a range of dvds– pilates, yoga, dance, taebo and more but in the past I’ve lacked consistency. So now, every morning Monday to Friday I get up at 5am. I mix my chores with exercise and then I dedicate about 20 mins to jogging in place or dancing, a little yoga, planks, push ups, and I’m energized to face my day.

Does it work? Can 20 mins a day make a difference? My body says it can, consistency is key. So find your fitness groove and work what works for you.

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3 Comments»

  TJ wrote @

Very inspiring and motivating article. I guess trading the hips for better health is a worth it after all. Keep working out gal. I hope others will follow your example.

  my6inchchallenge wrote @

Thanks T. LOL – It is a worthwhile trade off. Next time you comment hopefully instead of wishing others will follow the example maybe it can become more personal, like hopefully I will follow the example 🙂
Challenging ourselves first is always best, unless of course you’ve already found your workout groove.

  TJ wrote @

My comment was in relation to hips which I do not have but I do understant your point. I was referring to others who have hips As for me, I have not found my workout groove but I am working on other things will help me get to the place where I need to be.


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