What a difference a week makes. Last Sunday I was feeling incredibly low, today I feel fantastic. What has changed? I think the main factor is that I have been to the box 6 times this week. 6 times! Move over Annie, there’s a new girl in town! Moving my body and doing things that are fun, challenging and quite often ridiculous, is good for me in every way. A restful week without work, spending time with loved ones and some sunshine, certainly all play their part too.
I have been talking to people recently about bucket lists. We’ve all got dreams, goals, desires that we want to achieve and that seem (almost) impossible, haven’t we? One thing that I have always wanted to do is learn to surf. Maybe it is just a long term obsession with the film Point Break, I don’t know, but I long to feel the exhilarating rush of riding a wave and to be out there on the ocean. Despite harboring these desires for many years and having been in plenty of locations where the surf was there for the taking (Bali, Australia, Ecuador) I have never tried it, never even considered actually doing it, for one reason and one reason only. I knew I was nowhere near fit enough. To surf you need balance, speed, strength and stamina. None of those things have ever been in my skill set. Until now. I am moving to Ecuador in 2 months – a country that has a long stretch of coast and some really good surf. So what is stopping me from achieving the goal that has always seemed like just a crazy pipe dream? The answer, of course, is nothing.
The people that go to the box inspire me in a multitude of ways, not least of all because they do exciting activities that I have never even tried. Marathon running, surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding, they do it all. This makes perfect sense to me because, unless you are really into aesthetics, what is the point of being strong and fit if you don’t do something fun with it?
Everyone knows there is no point having a goal if you don’t have a plan to make it happen so I have been doing a bit of research and talking to one of the coaches at the box, Dave, who is a surfer. The first thing I must work on is my upper body strength, which is something I have never really had much of, relying instead on my immense thighs. Although my upper body is certainly not my strongest part since I have been doing Personal Training sessions with Marta I have noticed considerable improvement. When we started I was unable to hold my weight on the rings, even with a band. Marta had to hold me steady as I freaked out, shaking and exclaiming ‘I can’t do this!’ Today I completed 5 banded ring dips on my own. I also did 5 pull ups with a purple band (I usually use green, which is much thicker) and completed 5 full press ups. What I need to do now is continue to work on my upper body strength, incorporate more running to improve my cardiovascular capacity, and practice side burpees, which mimics the movement surfers make when they stand on the board.
Being unhealthy is like being in a prison, trapped inside a body that doesn’t function properly. I can’t wait to achieve the goal of learning to surf and then giving myself a new challenge to work on. What’s on your bucket list?
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