The one thing that stands out from last year (2010, you were not a fun time) as probably the best thing I did for myself was participating in the IanFitness Boot Camp. (Well, there were two things. I’m really happy I adopted a dog, too, but that’s another story.) Boot camp is really fun and a great stress reliever. It’s fast paced, never boring or repetitive and it does get results. I started in the summer, and after one month, I got stronger, leaner and healthier, and I really appreciated having it as part of my routine.
It’s super affordable for the number of classes you get to attend and since it’s held twice a day (6:15 AM and 7:45 PM), it’s easy to fit into your schedule. The sessions are around 30 minutes and are a combination of cardio (warm up jogging, sprints and other) and a number of exercises that utilize many different muscle groups at once (core, shoulders, arms, butt, legs), making the most of every second of the workout. During the summer, sessions are held outside at a park on Queen Anne and the winter months are inside at ProRobics (also on QA or Laurelhurst).
Everyone has fun because the trainers are upbeat and clearly love what they do. Also, there’s no reason to be intimidated or competitive with others as everyone works to his or her own level. I’ve enjoyed this boot camp and the way it makes me feel so much that it totally shifted my lifestyle to be about getting exercise and fresh air, getting a lot of rest in the evenings and eating well—as opposed to a steady habit of happy hours and sacking out on the couch by 7:30, exhausted from drinks and pub food during the week. My going-out budget now goes to boot camp! So, double whammy on improving health habits!