Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend!
You know, even after two years of rambling around the weight loss/maintenance and fitness blogosphere, I’m constantly discovering new, or new-to-me, bloggers. Just when I think I’ve been everywhere, I spot a comment from or a link to a blog I haven’t seen before! Each has its own distinct flavor or flair, and I’m always learning something new–I love it!
It occurred to me last week that to the the folks just starting their quest for better health and fitness, the breadth and depth of our little corner of the internet might seem a bit daunting. How do we find our tribe-within-the-tribe, those bloggers who are on a similar course to our own? Which people farther down this path will inspire us and motivate us to keep on going? Who might feed us with lots of delicious, healthy recipes? Or keep us up to date with all the latest health and fitness happenings? Who makes us laugh and feel a little less like we’re on this road alone? The possibilities are so far-reaching that it can boggle the mind.
Enter: the Tippy Toe Shortcut. This is the first post of a new series I’m calling “Look Who’s Talking.” For each post, I’ll ask a cross section of bloggers the same question and report their responses here. Then the rest of us have our turn to share! Given the diversity of blogs and bloggers out there, the results should be verr-r-r-y interesting! I think so, anyway.
HUGEHUGE thanks to this awesome group of bloggers, who so graciously agreed to go first. I asked them:
What is your favorite exercise or form of exercise? And your least favorite?
Lynn, who blogs at Actual Scale, will someday join those of us in the 100-pounds lost club. She’s already halfway there! Lynn says:
I think my favorite types of exercise are the ones that do not feel like exercise. For instance, I absolutely love my weighted hula hoop, boxing with the Wii, doing a kid’s yoga dvd with my 6 year old and my belly dancing dvd. They may not be hard core workouts, but they are the ones I look forward to doing. They are the ones I will never skip because, “I don’t feel like it”…which is what happens with my cardio sometimes.
Least favorite exercise? Hands down it is cardio. Give me weights any day intead of spending 30-60 minutes sweating my butt off, jumping, bending, jogging, kicking, etc…I would rather do a gazillion squats than walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes. I don’t mind the recumbent bike, and actually like walking (but only outside & I live in a 4 Season area) but I dread doing them. For some reason I have convinced myself that it is easier to work in 20 minutes of strength versus 20 minutes of cardio. Yep, I’m mental that way.
Thank you, Lynn! We’re all mental about something! Mine is running. And thank you for continuing to inspire me to master the hula hoop. Someday…
Rebeca at All Vegged Out is a blogger with irons in many fires. Fortunately for us, one of those fires is sharing awesome (and awesomely nutritious!) recipes and meal ideas. Rebeca’s favorite form of exercise is yoga, about which she said:
I know that there are a lot of people who shy away from yoga because they claim that they are not flexible but I would have claimed the same thing a few years ago. I love how it stretches my body and really opens me up. While I don’t subscribe to some of spiritual aspects of yoga there is no denying that its practice makes you more in tune with your body. For me, this deep connection that I feel afterward gives me such a sense of calm and centers me in a way that nothing else ever has. I also think that it makes you a lot stronger than you realize as you go deeper into your practice you find all sorts of defined muscles just from your own body resistance that leads to toning.
Least Favorite: Strength Training with Dumbbells. I’ll admit that I’m a little lazy at times. Which makes the dumbbells and I a lethal combination. Instead of grabbing a heavy set, I’ll grab the smallest ones and then fake my way through the reps. Then I end up bored and quit a couple of minutes in. I really like machines though and like to compete with myself on them, but if I’m alone at home with the dumbbells then they’re probably gaining dust while I gain weight!
Thanks, Rebeca! I’m s-l-o-w-l-y building a yoga practice, and it does work the muscles in a different–yet wonderful–way.
Andrew of the aptly-titled blog, Andrew is getting fit has moved from the world of morbid obesity to one that includes multiple marathons. His passion for running is evident in each of his posts, so I knew that was his favorite. I just didn’t know why. Here’s what Andrew said:
I find running gives me some “me” time where I can ponder the mysteries of the universe, listen to my favourite podcasts or just zone out. It’s also quite helpful with the weightloss efforts!
Least favorite? This is tricky as there is not one I particularly despise as such. Although if I think about the gym I always avoid the stepper as it just seems a bit too much like hard work!
Thank you, Andrew! I’ve been following you for some time now, and your commitment to and enjoyment of your program inspire me every day. Plus, I’ve learned a lot about New Zealand.
Sahar blogs at FatFighterTV, and her blog is packed with health news, recipe makeovers, videos, and inspiring stories. I have Sahar to thank for the snazzy Weight Loss Woo-hoo button in my sidebar. About exercise, Sahar has THREE favorites:
Pilates, hiking, and group classes. I love Pilates because of the great strengthening and toning effects it has on my core. I adore hiking in the mountains because I get a such a great workout while I am enjoying all the beauty in nature. And I often get hooked on aerobics classes because the music makes it so fun that I forget I am exercising.
My least favorite is cardio on the treadmill – I get very bored and feel like I am spinning when I get off the treadmill!
Thank you, Sahar! I’m an outdoor-exerciser , too! I keep saying I’m going to join a local hiking group, but so far no doing. That needs to change–NOW.
Tiff has been blogging at Project 365 for a little over a month now. Her spirit and enthusiasm shine in her posts and are a definite bright spot in my day! About exercise, Tiff said:
I really enjoy walking at this point. It’s low impact and can be done almost anywhere- on my lunch break, at a park, even indoors (thx to the lovely Leslie Sansone!). It’s also great because you can go with a friend and chat which helps the time to go by faster; it’s an exercise that almost anyone can do!
Least favorite? PILATES…my body was SO not made to do any of those things!
Thanks, Tiff! I share your enthusiasm for walking, but I still haven’t tried the Leslie Sansone DVDs. (I must fix that.)
And that’s what this group of bloggers had to say about exercise! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about what makes them tick, and I appreciated the reminders of things I want to do, or re-do, in some cases.
As for me, my favorite form of exercise is anything that gets me outdoors. Whether it’s walking or riding my bike, there’s something about being outside in the fresh air that gets me going–physically and mentally! (I do love the afterglow of a good strength training session, though.) My least favorite exer
cise is the pull-up, because it demoralizes me.
And now it’s YOUR turn. Favorite? Least favorite? We wanna know!
Thanks again to Andrew, Lynn, Rebeca, Sahar, and Tiff for your time and graciousness in sharing your answers with us!
And to everyone else, be warned that I’ll likely be coming to you someday with some other burning question!