These days I have far more respect for myself and for my body, and that’s why recently I made the decision to leave the gym I joined only a few months ago. Look, people aren’t always going to gel and let’s just say the mind games and lack of empathy and understanding meant I just couldn’t deal with the trainer any more. My goal is NOT skinny, I put NO value in skinny. What I do put value in is strength and health.
I don’t enjoy being on the receiving end of body shaming, instead I choose to love my body even if it is larger than the average woman. THIS body has got me through some serious health issues and I’m still drawing breath so I choose to honour it. It’s time to make new exercise choices and make them fun!
This morning I had my first kayak lesson. Uhuh, I may have swallowed more salt water than Moby Dick but I got out there and gave it a go…and I loved it. My mate Kerry has the patience of a saint, she showed me how to choose the correct size kayak and paddle, we ran through how to sit into the kayak, which way the blades on the paddle go and steering. After a few more tips and a quick change of kayak (to fit my arse) we were on the water, then in the water!
It looks easy, watching a kayak glide across the water…it looks super easy, right? Wrong! It’s all about balance and coordination which are two things I don’t have a lot of. But I do have a sense of humour and a potty mouth so every time I flipped and ended up in the water it made for a good laugh.
Over two hours I reckon I flipped my kayak fifteen times, which meant I got great practice at lifting and draining the water that filled the hull. That’s a workout in itself. I also got great practice at getting into the seat and taking off. Thankfully I love the water, it’s my happy place so a little salt water on my lips, wind on my face and sun on my shoulders meant an enjoyable morning.
When I did get everything going right and I was gliding across the water it felt amazing, I felt relaxed and at peace taking in the scenery and happy that I was giving my body a gentle workout. I’m sure my muscles will be screaming tomorrow as kayaking uses arms, back, legs and core…a full body workout without a burpee or lunge in sight, woohoo!!
As I write my left arm is playing up, it gets sensitive due to lymph node removal, I’m hoping I just gave it a knock and it rights itself over the next couple of days. If it does then I will be back on the water next week, sure I’ll most likely end up back ‘in’ the water but you know what, I just don’t care. Big shout out to Kerry for all her patience and guidance this morning, her encouragement kept me going and I’m so pleased she has a wicked and light sense of humour.
On Wednesday I’m off to a new gym, one that overlooks the water so…happy place 🙂 I’ve got a good feeling about it, but hey if it’s not the right fit for me I’ll try something else. That’s the thing with choice, we can all choose to change when needed and I’m so pleased I decided to do just that.
Have you tried kayaking?
What’s your favourite exercise?
Are you stuck doing exercise you hate?
Til next time,
Photo taken after the session (drowned rat)