Exercise class challenges limits

I’ve increased my exercise routine to combat insomnia. I started a gym class which I find challenging. It’s Jazzercise on steroids.

All the staffers say it is hard, but my gosh, I feel like I’m dying in the corner. I’m huffing and puffing and dripping sweat. 

Cautionary tale: This is what happens, people, when one doesn’t do cardiovascular exercise for two and a half years. 

It’s in the middle of the day so it’s full of housewives and retirees, and they’re all kicking my A. We’ve become friendly and I enjoy seeing this group of women several times a week.

I’m new, and I still can’t do the full class. I maybe participate in half the class and find myself drinking water and leaning on the wall the other half, trying not to fall over.

The worst is when I’m so tired I can’t concentrate on the combination moves. It’s like: lunge, step back, kick, and some kind of torso twisting and punching the air at the same time. Just when I think I have the routine, the set is over and the moves change. 

One teacher likes to have us stand inside big rubber tubes and walk side to side, and I feel like I’m going to trip on myself and fall over. Nobody else is struggling.

Then she asked us to double up the tube, step on it, and do one-legged squats. I kept falling off the tube. And it’s a RUBBER TUBE. 

She also likes to have us do 100 sit-ups on an exercise ball, and when it comes time to do the sideways sit-ups, I think I’m a hero for not rolling off.

I can see out of my peripheral vision the next woman over who is just killing it, while I have to pause every ten sit-ups. The teacher actually asked me if I stopped due to neck pain, and I had to admit I was simply out of shape.

So that’s the first ten minutes.

You know, there was a time when I was in a triathlon training group and I did two! whole! triathlons! Of course, that was a thousand years and a child ago.

Anyhow. I like the class, and my goal is to one day be able to participate in the whole thing. And not fall off the tubing!

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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6 thoughts on “Exercise class challenges limits

  • February 14, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Hello Diane,
    As long as you enjoy it and want to do it, instead of exercising being a chore.

  • February 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I feel your pain. Years ago when I was in my twenties, I tried…stress Tried… to exercise with the kupuna group that met in front of The Honolulu Zoo. I never made that mistake again. It reinforced why I so love solo activities such as testing tree shades…counting sand….interpreting cloud formations etc.

  • February 20, 2017 at 8:21 am

    i am so with you. I am so out of shape due to a toe injury. Who knew how much you need your big toe! I am also really uncoordinated so exercise combined with coordination. Oh boy! Kudos to you for keeping at it.

    • February 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Big toes are important! I”m sorry to hear of this injury! Yeah… will keep trying… 🙂


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