I recently joined a gym, because it dawned on me that at 40, I’m extremely out of shape. Turns out, life doesn’t slow down at all (in fact, it’s quite the opposite — life’s been speeding by for a decade now) and if I don’t take control of my health right now, I could be in trouble later.
It’s not easy hopping on the fitness wagon. I’m overweight, out of breath and really, really fond of my couch. I can find a million excuses: no time, too tired, too expensive, blah, blah, blah. But when the investment of time, effort and money is in my life, it matters.
I suffer from something similar to plantar fasciitis, which means that every single day I’m in absolute agony. My feet collapsed when I was pregnant with my daughter, and never regained their shape. Every step I take means the bones in the tops of my feet hyper-flex and grind together. I’ve seen countless specialists, and nobody can seem to get a handle on it for me. It has really held me back from being physically active over the last nine years.
I can barely walk most days, but you know what? I do it anyhow.
I motor through life with a smile on my face because the alternative is far worse. This week I’ve been laid up thanks to a back injury (I am 100% certain yoga class is going to kill me), and I’m feeling pretty pathetic about the whole thing. It feels like my body is rebelling against me, but what my body hasn’t realized yet is that I’m the one who calls the shots around here.
So I’ve rested up for a few days, and today I’ll stretch out this body, tape up these broken feet, and drag myself to the gym so I can shake my booty to my happy workout playlist.
Want to know what I listen to at the gym? Here you go:
Rolling In the Deep — ADELE
Hotline Bling — Drake
When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) — Great Big Sea
Steady As She Goes — The Raconteurs
Heave Away — Fables
Numb — Linkin Park
Grenade — Bruno Mars
I Get Around — Dragonette
Forgot About Dre — Dr. Dre/Eminem
Low — Flo Rida Low (feat. T-Pain)
Turn Down For What — DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Raise Your Glass — P!nk
Love Lockdown — Kanye West
Jump Around — House Of Pain
Dangerous — Kardinal Offishall Dangerous (feat. Akon)
Like a G6 — Far East Movement (feat. Cataracs & Dev)
Sexyback — Justin Timberlake
Rehab — Amy Winehouse
What Do You Mean? — Justin Bieber
So What’cha Want — Beastie Boys
Boom Boom Pow — Black Eyed Peas
Rasputin — Boney M.
London Bridge — Fergie
Only Happy When It Rains — Garbage
When I Grow Up — Garbage
Big Pimpin’/Papercut — Linkin Park & Jay-Z
Thriller — Michael Jackson
Get Ur Freak On — Missy Elliott
Feelings — Maroon 5
Want to Want Me — Jason Derulo
Stitches — Shawn Mendes
Downtown — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Downtown (feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz)
Ex’s & Oh’s — Elle King
Trouble — Iggy Azalea (feat. Jennifer Hudson)
WTF (Where They From) — Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell Williams)
Brave — Sara Bareilles
Shut Up and Dance — Walk the Moon
La Da Dee — Cody Simpson
Shake It Off — Taylor Swift
Animals — Maroon 5
Roar — Katy Perry
Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)
Can’t Hold Us — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton)
What I Wouldn’t Do — Serena Ryder
Inner Ninja — Classified (feat. David Myles)
Counting Stars — OneRepublic
Hold Back the River — James Bay
Wonderin — Nicole Reynolds
Home — Phillip Phillips
I often just crank up the volume and hit “shuffle”, sweating my way through the songs that make me want to succeed at this whole get healthy thing.
It’s amazing how a few good beats can make a mood amazing, isn’t it?