What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
Hello! This is Melissa from Dancing For Food. If you’re wondering about my blog’s name, it came from being a ballet dancer and dealing with the many food and body image issues that come with it. Ballet consumed my life in a bad way and controlled my relationship with food far too much. I eased away from ballet a couple years ago and since then have not only found a better relationship with it, but have also grown to love other fitness activities.
Jessi asked if I would write a fitness post while she was out of town, and I was more than happy to oblige! I love fitness. In fact, I pretty much live and breathe it. If I could quit my job and work out for a living, I would do so in a heartbeat. Being active is what keeps me sane. Endorphins make you happy, you know! When I have a day or a week that is especially stressful, I think about what my life would be like without exercise. I shudder to think…
I think that the most important thing when trying to stay active is to find something that you enjoy. For years (until I realized how much it was controlling me) ballet was my thing. I lived and breathed it.
Ballet kept me active from the time I was 4 until I got engaged at age 25. When I eased off, I was drawn to the Insanity workout program. That lasted a few months, and then I found running. Now? Running is my drug. I can do it virtually anywhere, anytime. I don’t need a gym membership, it’s (almost) free, and you can get some really cute running clothes!
I still take ballet classes once a week, just often enough to feed the obsession. See, even though ballet controlled my life in a bad way, there is such joy in dancing. The freedom to move, the ability of the body to flow through the music, it’s amazing. I love it.
But, it’s not always realistic to take ballet classes all the time as a working adult. That’s where running comes in. With running, you start small, running maybe a mile at a time. Slowly but surely, you work your way up and before you know it you’re running a half marathon. Talk about the ability of the human body! Can you believe that a person’s body can withstand 13.1, 26.2, even 50+ mile runs? Incredible!
And no, it’s not easy. I will not lie – increasing your mileage from 1 to 13 is not easy. But see, that’s the beauty of it. To accomplish a great physical feat like that makes you feel SO GOOD. You think, “wow, did I really just do that? Hmm, I wonder if I could run even farther…”
And so it goes. You go on to run 4 half marathons in just over a year.
And register for your first full marathon.
It’s an addicting. I fully believe that fitness is an addiction. Knowing that you are keeping your body healthy and happy and functioning is better than any other addiction I can think of. Except maybe chocolate…
Jessi here – A big thanks to Melissa for her guest post! I know I’ve been inspired, how about you? How has your fitness routine evolved over the year? Leave a comment and start the conversation =)