The journey of a thousand miles or something like it…

They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Or something like that.  So you’ve decided to get fit, huh?  Do visions of downward dog, track star dreams and hoops glory now dance through your head?  Excellent!  Making the choice to get fit is the first step in a lifelong journey that is well worth the trip.  Now that you’ve made up your mind and you envision yourself with a six pack and the arms of Angela Bassett, where do you start?  The answer is to find something you love.

Have you always been the life of the party?  By now, I’m sure you’ve heard all about Zumba.  No?  Check out this link.   If this doesn’t have you on your feet and shaking your booty, nothing will. The first time I went to a Zumba class I felt like I was at the club and didn’t realize how hard I was working until I walked out of the class drenched in sweat.

If Zumba isn’t quite your cup of tea, might I suggest a trip to the Middle East to test your hips at belly dance?  After my first foray into belly dance, the next day even the slightest hint of a chuckle had my abs on fire!  Was I dripping sweat like during Zumba?  Nope, but I got one heck of an abdominal workout.

Ready to beat the pavement?  I started out as a reluctant runner.  But since my entry into the running world, I have gone on to complete 3 full marathons (that’s 26.2 miles, just in case you were wondering), 2 half-marathons(13.1 for you mathematicians) and several races of shorter distances.  So what’s the key to continuing to run, even with every muscle in your body yelling to do otherwise?  Find a running buddy.  Many running stores sponsor local runs for runners and walkers of every level; get thee hence and begin running!

Looking for fun on two wheels?  A recent injury has forced me to temporarily hang up my running shoes.  Admittedly, I grew less than enthused to rotate among the elliptical, stair masters and bikes at the gym.  Right at that moment, an amazing thing happened.  I was offered the chance to borrow a bicycle.  I love it! I was a bit wobbly at first, but I guess the saying is true- once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget.  I’m getting better and am looking forward to sharing my adventures on two wheels with you in the future.

I say all of that to say this- it doesn’t really matter how you choose to move so long as you get out there and do it.  Loving what you do is key so your workout feels less like something you have to do and more like something you GET to do.

Until next time ladies, let’s stay FIT FIRST!





Posted on April 16, 2012 at 3:09 am

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Erin Lumpkins

Erin Lumpkins is a true Blue Michigan Wolverine! She has been a health and physical education specialist for the past 10 years. Erin graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with degrees in athletic medicine, physical education and health education. Currently, she is working to complete a master’s in public health with a concentration in global and community health. As part of the program, she studied at University of Oxford and conducted research on obesity. She is an avid health and fitness enthusiast. She has completed 3 marathons and is addicted to Zumba and belly dancing! She looks forward to sharing her experiences and your stories, so ladies can make this fitness journey together. Follow her on twitter @1908erin.
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