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In Pursuit of Healthiness

I’ve taken up Pilates, which has been a long time coming for me. I have kind of an… aversion… to exercise. In that I hate it.

Well, mostly I hate it. You could call it a like-hate relationship, I suppose. My newfound okayness with Pilates makes for a Very Pleased Husband. Den is somewhat of a gym junkie. He’s there 5 days a week, lifting his weights and flexing his biceps and whatever else it is men do when they go to the gym (?). What’s more, he’s out of bed at 7am every morning to get there, so you know he’s super keen about it. Just to rub in the fact that he’s super-active while I’m super-NOT, the man also does Jiu Jitsu 3 days a week just for kicks. And when he’s really seriously trying, there’s an hour or so of cardio most days too. I’m tired just freakin’ thinking about it!

Bendy Back In the Day

When Denis and I first met, I was dancing (as in, hip hop, jazz, funk, ballet dancing… Not. A. Stripper.) Hardcore dancing. Hours and hours every week of classes. I was pretty fit and flexible (See Exhibit A to your right) but under no circumstances was I, or have I ever been a cardio person. In fact, Den has very sweetly already documented on this blog that when I run, I look like Elaine from Seinfeld dancing. It’s probably true. (At least I dance better than her, right?)

But then I stopped dancing. And nothing else could hold my interest… yoga? Yeah, sometimes. But mostly? Yawn. Treadmill? I had one trick where I would go when America’s Next Top Model was on so I could jog for an hour and still be entertained. Power-Boxing? Forget it, I passed out twice after those classes (lightweight). My efforts were sporadic at best, which frustrated my loving husband no end.
The acupuncture-masseuse-health-freak guy in him is worried about my health. Specifically, my heart and my lungs and my organs. Which is lovely of him because, frankly, someone has to be worried about them.

So I decided to give Pilates a go. I’m there regularly 2-3 times a week now (it will be always three times a week once my muscles stop screaming at me for mercy on my off-days!) and enjoying it! It’s reminiscent of dance training… my body somewhat remembers how to get into those poses. I feel lighter afterwards, I walk taller, my breathing is free and easy…

I proudly announced to Den that I have found my thing (I think)… and he scoffed!

“Pilates? C’mon baby, you can do better than that. Do something harder!”

Something harder? Than Pilates?

I tried to tell him “It’s not some fluffy yoga class – we don’t sit around meditating and chanting for an hour… it’s difficult!”

He raised his eyebrows and shook his head, clearly unconvinced…

…Until last week when he came home and announced sheepishly that his Jiu Jitsu instructor had also taken up Pilates and swears that it’s “Harder than Jiu Jitsu.”

Take THAT, you health freak!

Now the only question is; when’s Den gonna man up and come to a Pilates class with me?

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6 comments for “In Pursuit of Healthiness”

  1. Posted by Denis | August 19, 2009, 9:36 pm

    I’m good baby – I don’t need to train anymore during my days…

    But I’m glad you’ve found a thing. Only last night we were talking about how important it is to have hobbies. Things to be motivated about and excited.

    Nice one chicken! Go get those abs of steel… God knows I can’t! Damn inherited Croatian fatty bits!!!

  2. Posted by MissEm | August 19, 2009, 11:53 pm

    I’ve been a rowing athlete for a few years now. 10 sessions of training, land and water, a week.
    We had a rowing camp one year and one of the sessions was Pilates.
    I thought that doing Pilates was pointless becuase I associate Pliates with Nana’s doing “Keep Fit” class at the local community centre. I’m fitter than a Nana surely so why do I need to do it!
    But I was actually surprised at how challenging it was and I was sore for a good day.
    Denis you have to try it at least once. Surely everything is worth a go once?!

  3. Posted by Jen | August 20, 2009, 3:31 pm

    I read some of that out loud, and my hubby responded to the last question. He says, “When she womans up and goes to jiu jitsu.”


  4. Posted by Emma | August 21, 2009, 7:15 pm

    Ha ha – great call, Jen! I would go, but keep getting put off by the bruises and broken fingers Den comes home with every day!

  5. Posted by april | October 1, 2009, 10:05 am

    Wow – ok – I miss dance so much :s sigh. (stupid doctors, stupid illnesses, stupid no more dance, grumble…) But yes, HATE exercise, and, generally, HATE the gym…must try Pilates now – Thank you :)

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