Last night we went to the high school basketball games – fun times for sure!!!
Watching the athletes (girls, boys, cheerleaders and dancers) I was thinking about the importance of a conditioning base for any sport or event.
No matter how many baskets you can make, you have to be able to run up and down the court without keeling over!!!
In my previous life (the one before I had kids!!), I taught middle school science and coached 7th & 8th grade volleyball, basketball and track. In volleyball – we ran! In basketball – we ran!! And, of course in track – we ran!!!
The one thing that I always stressed to all of my athletes is that we were running for conditioning NEVER as a form of punishment. I tried to make it fun!!
When we did suicides, I ran with the kids. I always told them that if they could beat me they only had to do one!! (For the record, no one ever beat me:)
I think so many people just want to learn the moves or play the game that they forget that conditioning is at the heart of every single sport.
And conditioning is pretty great – it is what keeps us fit and healthy!! I’m all about being fit and ready to take on any challenge.
What’s your favorite form of conditioning? Want to do some suicides with me?
The distance that I covered was relatively short but since I counted a right-left as 1 rep and kept going for all 44 reps, it was still a great way to get my heart rate up. (You can see my workout DVD paused in the back-ground – had to stop for the video before Chris left for work!)
I did a Jillian Michaels DVD today – Kickbox Fastfix. This workout has 3 20 minute segments with various fast paced kickboxing drills. I did all 3 sections for a good hour workout. The one downside to this program – if you follow Jillian and her group then you will end up very unbalanced – she does not switch leads at all during this one. (Fortunately I already knew that and just did it myself but it is sort of a pain!!)
Yesterday before lunch I convinced Jordan to go on a walk with me and take advantage of the incredible fall weather (it was almost 70 yesterday!).
Some pictures along the way –
At this point Jordan said I was weird and he was going in!!! Hmmm….
Every day last week I enjoyed the beauty all around me and I kept thinking that I needed to take the time to walk around and truly appreciate it.
Even though Kansas isn’t my favorite place – I do love the fall. There are trees of all colors, the weather is cool but not completely cold (YET!!) and it is time for soup!!!