Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Playing With Fitness - About Us

Welcome to Playing with Fitness! We are Caitlin and Melissa, two women in our 30s who are doing our best to improve our health and fitness.  We are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and looking and feeling like slugs.  So we are motivating each other to eat real, healthy food; to get in better shape; and most importantly, to have FUN while doing it! We are starting this blog as a journal to keep track of our successes and failures, and to hopefully find a way to motivate and encourage anyone else who happens to stumble across this blog.  Eating right and being active are so important, but knowing what we SHOULD do doesn’t always mean we can get out of our own way long enough to actually DO it.  There is something about sharing the process with someone else, teaching others what we learn , and supporting someone else in their journey that suddenly makes our own efforts seem so much easier to bear.

And let’s be honest.  As adults, we rarely take the opportunity to engage in good, clean play.  There are always chores to be done, errands to run, and work to do.  Play time and relaxation have turned into slumping on the couch, watching TV, while mindlessly stuffing our faces with unhealthy junk that the food industry tries to pass off as food.  We want to show ourselves and everyone else that eating right, exercising, and being healthy can be fun.  It doesn’t have to be a chore, or something we dread.  It should be something we look forward to – fun, active play or delicious, healthy meals.  And just think how much more enjoyable life can be when we are taking care of ourselves! No more missing out because we don’t have the energy or the strength to do things, whether it’s surfing, playing tennis, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or completing a marathon or triathlon.  When we supply our bodies with the nutrients that it needs through a healthy diet, and keep our bodies active through exercise and active play, we develop more than just strength and stamina – we earn a sort of confidence in our abilities that we wouldn’t have otherwise.  Instead of saying, “Oh, that looks fun.  But I could never do that!” we starting saying, “Oh, I can’t wait to try that!” We could all use an opportunity to let loose and act like a kid again.

Plus we’ll look better naked.  How’s THAT for motivation.