Friday, December 10, 2010

Lower Body Solution

Many of you must wonder how I stay so svelte (Ha!  I am very much kidding because a) Most of you probably have no idea what shape I'm in, b) Even if you did, why would you be wondering about it? and c) I used the word "svelte").  I owe it all to Jane Fonda.  Seriously.  As most of you know, or at least those of you who read GET WELL SOON and understood that it was based on my life, I was once chubby.  In college, I started working out to Jane Fonda's Lower Body Solution.  And it changed me.  Yes, the way I looked, but it changed the way I understood my body.  Like, I could do stuff with it.  I was strong.  I had energy.  It had an incredible impact on my life (and we're not just talking lo-impact here).  If I ever met Jane Fonda in some weird Jane Fonda/YA crossover situation, I would probably hug her and cry and tell her what she did for my self-esteem.  Because of her, I became a worker-outer.  Years ago, I was a regular at the gym and one of the stars in my step aerobics classes.  Not that that's important, and not that I am in that kind of shape anymore, but it is so empowering to be able to do those kinds of things with your body if you are so inclined.  These days, I only work out at home about three days a week to help keep my energy going.  And lately, because I missed my weird exercise buds Laurel, Mark, and Jeanne (Jane's lackeys, I guess.  Her AWESOME lackeys), I've been doing the old video workout again.  Not that I need the video.  I have the darn thing memorized.  Now, everyone reading this should get off your buns of steel right now, and give me a little attitude, okay?  Now march six, and cha cha!
[Sadly, I couldn't find any video footage, but I did find this excellent webpage!]


Nolan said...

Glad to hear that you at least workout 3 times a week. A lot of people don't work out at all. And that really says a lot about our nation.

Julie H said...

Nolan, thank you for the encouragement. I feel like the Western World wouldn't put the focus on work and money as much as it would on life, it would give everyone more time to take care of themselves. That said, having to go to work and needing to make money, in addition to lack of time because of said work, makes it very hard for a lot of people to exercise and even eat right. Sad.

Betsy said...

Yay! I love workout videos. (Although, really working out is not super fun). I used to get a great work out dancing to the New Kids on the Block Hangin' Tough Live VHS (highly recommend that). I always get up early so I can get a workout in first thing. I also have zero kids/babies.

I've never tried a Jane Fonda workout. Maybe I should. I've done tons of Jillian Michaels DVDs and am really into Tracy Anderson (I think she's a robot) and Piloxing right now. At least piloxing makes it fun so it doesn't seem like working out. Tracy Anderson just make you feel like body parts are going to start falling off. I was sure I was going to look like Gwyneth Paltrow after one 30 minute video.