Apparently, I can’t just wish my body into excellent shape.
I know!! Trust me, I’ve been trying.
The truth of the matter is, I was starting to get in excellent (well, “good“) shape last year from roller skating. I was on a schedule, and I skated a half-marathon a year ago. I was starting to look pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself.
Unfortunately, now that we have moved onto dirt roads, my days of just throwing on my skates and getting a good skate in is over. We do have skating parks nearby, but those are for adventurous kids who don’t mind breaking something (see: ankles, legs, willpower). What I need for skating is a long, smooth path to just make time on.
What to do, what to do.
Hugh Laurie is a smart guy. He will have an answer for me, I’m sure.
Rowing! That is a fantastic idea!
There are so many benefits to rowing. According to Harper’s Bazzar:
” Die-hard spinners are jumping off their bikes and on to … rowing machines? Yes, it’s true. Call it the fitness trend that no one predicted, but suddenly boutique rowing studios are opening at a fast pace across the country and loads of converts are swearing off cycling classes. “I drank the Spin Kool-Aid like so many—but after a year I plateaued and no longer saw the results I wanted,” says Hilary Rainey, 26, a manager at a nonprofit. She’s a regular at New York’s CityRow studio, going twice a week, and has lost 11 pounds in just under two months. Jessica Luftig, 38, a project manager, has gone three to four times a week religiously since February in lieu of TRX Suspension Training and barre-toning classes and dropped 25 pounds. “I can’t get enough,” she says.”
I have never Spun, so I have never seen any results from getting on a stationary bike. But rowing? I am all over that. And I am loving these testimonies.
“Here’s why: Rowing just might be the most efficient exercise ever. “With each stroke, pretty much every part of the body is used,” says Stella Lucia Volpe, an exercise physiologist and professor of nutrition sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia and an avid rower. And it may let you skip crunches—for good. “A big part of rowing is core strength,” she adds. “People think it’s all arms, but rowing is much more legs and core.”
So there is only one thing to do in order to get back into shape. Buy a rowing machine.
So, let’s get started 🙂