OBLIGATORY “I SHOULD EXERCISE MORE” POST OF THE NEW YEAR.
In short: my New Year’s resolutions don’t include miracle diets, fasting, or spring cleanses. In fact, for dinner last night I had a cinnamon roll, a protein shake, and a bowl of Doritos—and I’ll be damned if I’m going to apologize for it.
The paradigm shift I’ve been nurturing over the past year has been gradually leading me to a healthier outlook towards my own body—an outlook that values what my body can do instead of what my body looks like. It’s been a relief to be able to shower without poking at my belly, wondering whether or not I’ve gained or lost flab over the past week. On top of that, the prioritization of strength over aesthetics isn’t just better for my mental health, it’s better for my riding, too!
I don’t tend to be very forthcoming about my exercise routine. Part of that is because my weight and my fluctuating self-image can be a bit of a sore topic, but the other part is that, other than long bike rides during the summer, the way I exercise isn’t as traditional as the jog/lift/swim trifecta that most people adhere to. My sport isn’t a clean, innocent sport—sometimes it can bring up some awkward assumptions, even though it’s honestly just a fun way to get lady swole.
I started pole dancing around a year and a half ago, but I’ve always wanted to be able to dance. When I was a preteen I’d spend hours in my room with my headphones on, spinning wildly in circles and choreographing complicated (probably physically impossible) routines in my head. So when my friend Merri (of Missy and Merri fame) threw her bachelorette party in a pole dancing studio a couple of summers ago, it wasn’t surprising that I ended up taking weekly lessons with my friends. Now I’ve got a pole to practice on in my basement, where I can look as silly as possible without anyone watching!
Anyways, I just thought I’d share a bit about how I plan on using pole to physically take my riding to a new level this year! Hope I didn’t bore anyone with the exercise talk, blergh. :S