What Do You Consider a Workout?
I occasionally hit a hip hop fitness class, and I absolutely love it. In fact, I love it so much that I’m constantly attempting to recruit more of my friends to join me, because dancing with one friend (hey, Danielle) in a class is fun, but dancing with a whole group of my pals would be even better.
Every time I’ve invited someone, I’ve gotten the same question: “Is it a workout?”
It’s not exactly a yes or no answer. I mean, yes, I do — during the 50-minute class, I sweat through everything I’m wearing and get out of breath. Of course, this happens because I go all out pretty much the whole time, jumping and throwing myself around as much as I can — I’m sure it would be less of a workout if I curbed my enthusiasm. But that’s really never gonna happen when there’s a beat being dropped, so, yes, it’s a workout!
But it’s not so taxing that I can’t go from that to something else.
However, if that’s my definition for a workout, what would I consider a workout? I mean, I don’t think there’s anyone on earth who would not consider a 50+ mile bike ride a proper workout … but that doesn’t mean one can’t run a half marathon on top of it. An hour-long strength training class at the gym might kick my butt, but if I can wrap it up before meeting my friends to run, I’ll meet them at the starting line.
So, I guess the question is more what I would not consider a workout, and to me, it comes partly down to intention. A brisk walk isn’t going to leave me spent, but it might be my active recovery exercise for the day. I would not consider the three-mile beach cruiser ride to the beach hard work (unless I push the pace and intend for it to be my exercise for the day), and I wouldn’t normally call wandering through the Atlanta airport a workout (although, hey, when you make it from your gate in Concourse A to D in under seven minutes, I think you get to count it and ASK ME HOW I KNOW).
Maybe what it really comes down to is this: Does it really matter what it’s called as long as you’re being active?
No, really, I’m asking you — does it matter to you whether an activity is called a workout or not? If so, why, and how do you make that distinction? —Kristen
No, it doesn’t matter. Any chance you get to up your heart is a good thing. To me it is like comparing how you pronounce tomato versus your pal from the east coast. It is the same in the end.
For me, no. As long as you’re up and running and sweating, it can be a workout. As long as you keep your body moving then you’re doing great in being physically active.
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