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We are about to reach our prime here in the city. It is the most coveted time of the year—where Bostonians embrace the warm temperatures, sunshine, and longest days of the seasons. I truly believe this serves as the perfect time of the year to get fit. So, take a moment to set (or re-set) those fitness goals, block off some time on your calendar, and get moving!
Fortunately, living in Boston or the greater-Boston area provides excellent resources for you to get in a great workout. I use the MINDBODY app to add variety to my workout schedule and search for local group fitness classes. What I love most about the app is that it has a built-in filter that allows you to search for classes within a certain distance from your home and lists both last minute and introductory offers at a discount. If you have not downloaded the MINDBODY app, I highly recommend you do. The app is also super helpful because lots of fitness fanatics (like me) leave reviews. You can read the reviews and decide whether the fitness class is the “perfect fit” for you.
Taking group fitness classes is so rewarding. I just love being able to work out and sweat with a community of strong athletes of all levels who embrace the importance of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. Also, I have met some of the most inspirational people and found a wonderful support system through group fitness!
It is the people in these classes who hold you accountable and the positive atmosphere that makes you want to come back for more.
I must admit though, sometimes instead of classes; I do like to run outside and have alone time to myself. Did you know that according to Runners World, Boston was named the third best running city in America? If you would rather run, walk or bike on your own, I highly recommend:
There is nothing like being able to enjoy the great outdoors, while sightseeing and getting in an exciting workout.
So, there you have it—Boston provides a wealth of resources and places for you to be able to get fit. Start with one class, add another, and in a matter of time, you’ll be hooked on fitness. Lastly, do not forget: each of us is on our own fitness journey. Do not compare yourself to others. Your age, size, shape, and weight does not matter. Just do you. Walk confidently into the fitness room, do your thing, and remember to enjoy the experience!
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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