Tuesday, February 4, 2014

lunar elements

In the last few months of 2013, fitness had sort of fallen away as a priority for me.  And that would be ok (I don't mind being a wee bit softer and rounder for a time) except that not exercising actually makes me anxious.  And that's not ok.  So in this wonderful new year, I'm trying to find ways to fit fitness (ha ha) into my new routines and habits. This means cutting back a bit from where I used to be, but I'm realizing, it doesn't have to be so all or nothing.  I can just do a little bit, every day; it's all about balance.

Here's what I'm doing...

P90X3.  Yeah baby.  Totally cheesy? Uh huh.  Good despite that?  You betcha.  And it's just half an hour, which is what really won me over.

But, and this is important if you're going to be doing any kind of cross training or HIIT stuff, do not do it in your running shoes.  I tried it with mine, and after a few days of jumping around in them my hips hurt, my knees hurt, my ankles hurt, and at some point I was even convinced I'd broken some little bone in my foot.

(This is the part where I get to shop, in the guise of bettering myself.)

I did some research and found these beauties (on sale!) which are built sort of like the Nike Free, but with added lateral movement support as well, and I swear, all my aches and pains are gone!  The idea is that the Lunar Elements (not gonna lie, I love that name) allow your foot to move as it would if you were barefoot, while still giving some shock absorption and support.

Look how much they bend!  I tell you, I am in love with these.  They are bringing me joy like I never anticipated.  So, to those of you who have more variety in your exercise routine than just forward motion, I highly recommend them.

Plus, they're kind of cute, aren't they?


  1. I have heard so many good things about p90x! I am the total opposite though, I like the ritual of going to the gym and being there for 60-90 minutes - alone, no company please! The goal is to do 4 days a week where 3 are a mix of strength and cardio and 1 is a spin class, but so far January has only allowed me 2-3 visits a week (SO many vet visits). Here's to February!

    Also, those shoes are HOT.

    1. P90x is nuts. I did it with my husband a few years back and it's really intense, this one's way more chill. Still gives you a great workout (and extremely sore muscles) but since it's over so quick it doesn't feel quite as extreme. I also tried Insanity, which is, truly, like the name suggests, insane. And women aren't supposed to be able to bulk up with it but I totally did - I was getting huge!!

      I actually do like longer workouts, not the gym so much, but a nice 2hr long ballet class or an hour at the pool, that's my favorite. But life is getting in the way right now, so this seems to be the only way to make fitness happen.

      And they are hot, aren't they? ;)

  2. The shoes are totally cute. I haven't seen this pair before but I got something that I think is similar from New Balance. They're call 'minimus' running shoes and are also super light and bendy. I've run in them a few times but I kind of feel like they don't have enough support so I've gone back to my regular running shoes.

    I'm all for trying to squeeze in more fitness time. I've been running a lot more since the start of the new year and feel so much better for it!


    1. I'm sure they're very similar to the minims, that whole barefoot running trend is happening in all the major brands I think. I actually would be scared to run in them, I like my big fat cushy Mizunos, but for this sort of hoppy side-to-side-y up on your toes kind of stuff, these are amazing.

      I do sort of miss running though. Good for you for getting out there, even in the dead of winter!

  3. It looks pretty good. I hope that they would be good for my everyday physical exercises.

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