Yesterday, Jon and I had the opportunity to go to a health and fitness fair in Schaumburg. The fair offered a variety of free fitness classes, free assessments by chirpractors and acupuncturists, passes for free classes at various workout facilities in the area, free prizes and more. (Oh, and I can’t forget the last free thing–food! Samples included Jamba juice, organic fudge, vegan cheesecake, low-fat spinach artichoke dip–my favorite food ever–and more.)
After some healthy snacking, my friend Melissa and I tried out two workouts–jazzercise and zumba. While my opinion of jazzercise hasn’t changed–that it’s more for moms who lunch than it is for me–it really was a good workout and I can see why people like it. When it comes to zumba, I can definitely understand why it is an attractive option for most people, but as we salsa-ed across the floor, I felt more like a beached whale flailing for freedom than I ever have in all my life. If I ever learn how to move my hips, I’ll reconsider! It seems more like fun than work–if you know how to shake your booty without looking like an idiot. Melissa’s husband was in charge of documenting the fair on camera–and he filmed us taking these two classes. I may have to bribe him to ensure that this footage never sees the light of day.
After burning some calories, I visited the chiropractor’s booth, where I learned that I put six pounds of extra pressure on my left side compared to my right, and I carry my head about two inches further out than I should. For $20 I’m going for a full consultation tomorrow. I’m hoping it will help with holistic treatment of blood pressure, stress and weight loss as well.
I also scheduled a consultation at a Chinese medicine-type place, that offers acupuncture, herbal treatments, chiropractic care and more. I may decide to proceed with one of these companies or neither. Either way, it will be good blog fodder! (And I get an acupressure massage at the second place, so win-win!)
Overall, this fair reminded me of how incredible I feel after I work out. I’m a little sore today, but I feel strong and capable. I hope this inspires me to work out more frequently, and with more variety.
Quote: “Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” ~Carol Welch