Ho, Ho, How do I find the time to exercise?
From the desk of Sharon Barry ... It’s that time of year: shopping, holiday parties and all the hurried business that comes with the end of the year. It seems the month of December passes by in a flurry of blinking lights, holiday preparations, relatives and travel. Somewhere in the haze of craziness, we tend to put aside our priority to exercise, knowing that we can always catch our bodies back up with another typical New Year’s resolution to get back in shape.
Don’t get me wrong. Resolutions are fun. Personally, I find it enjoyable to make up all kinds of wild and unattainable ones with friends after a glass of wine, write them down, belt them out in loud boisterous voices, toss them into a cozy fire only to forget about them the next day. That’s really what resolutions are about, no?
I have a better idea…hear me out. Forget about a New Year’s resolution and start small and simple today. Next time you are out shopping, pick up a pedometer and wear it on your waist every day. And every day, try to go 100 steps further than you did the day before. Simple. One hundred steps are really not that far and I bet you‘ll find it an amusing challenge. Walking is a fantastic way to exercise and if you live in the city, take the train less and walk more. You will quickly see all those steps adding up and feel your body becoming lighter and lighter. And if you want to kick things up a notch and give on-lookers a good laugh, speed up and slow down your pace intermittently. Walk slowly, then randomly walk as fast as you can and repeat the pattern over and over. Interval walking is even better for burning calories and definitely gives people something funny to watch!
Next, throw on your favorite music while cooking up a storm and shake your booty. Dancing burns even more calories than walking and is fun. Your husband or significant other will give you bonus points if you’re wearing high heels and throw on little reindeer ears and a big red nose! And don’t forget to do your stretches in between dance moves: no need to be afraid to throw a leg up on the counter for a hamstring stretch, take both hands on either side of a doorframe in a lunge and lean forward to stretch those mixing arms and feel free to slide down into the splits on the floor!
And finally…add a few sessions at OMBE to your Christmas list and buy some for your friends and family. I know, how cheesy IS the saying: “blah blah blah…the gift of health”…but, it’s true. What better way to motivate and stay in shape than taking some classes with a friend or two here at the number one Pilates, personal training, weight loss and Yoga studio in the city?
Exactly. There simply IS no better way. So stop waiting for January first. Throw on some sneakers and your pedometer and interval walk your way over to OMBE today!
Sharon Barry, CPI Certified Pilates Instructor, Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki Practitioner
Sharon Barry began her Pilates training as a dancer in college 17 years ago. In 1996, she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University and has been a certified Pilates trainer since 1997 through the PhysicalMind Institute. Additionally, Sharon was a professional choreographer and dancer, trainer and performer with the San Francisco School of Circus Arts where she taught Pilates, flying and static trapeze, teeterboard, trampolining, and acrobatics. In 2002, she received her First Degree Reiki certification and in 2008 she completed her Thai Yoga Massage certification.
In addition to teaching Pilates classes and private sessions, Sharon combines her training in Reiki and Thai Yoga massage with her clients. Over the past 12 years, Sharon has trained professional dancers, circus performers, gymnasts, golf professionals, marathon runners, and triathletes. She has coaxed bodies through injury rehabilitation as well as helping clients improve athletic performance. Throughout her career as a Pilates instructor, Sharon has enjoyed working in conjunction with physicians, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, acupuncturists, and physical therapists.