Elle Woods – a role model for us all – said it best, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.”
This afternoon at Sunday Funday at Refit, there was no way I was leaving the studio without a smile on my face. Two of the women brought their sons who danced alongside their moms before running around in the middle of a giant circle. The playlist – while containing challenging choreography that will leave my legs hating me tomorrow – is always overflowing with songs you can’t help but sing or hum along to.
Whether you consider yourself a dancer or not, they alway say at Refit that if you’re moving in the same general direction, you’re doing a great job.
I heart about Refit when I was in Lubbock for my first job out of college. Something about it popped up on my Facebook, and I was immediately bummed that I didn’t know about it when I was in school at Baylor. When I moved back to the Wack for my job at the Trib, I didn’t give Refit a try until around this time a year ago.
I had recently realized I had gained some weight since changing jobs. Let’s just say, my old job was so stressful that I couldn’t eat very much. So the weight gain was good from a psychological perspective – meaning I was in a great place for me. Still, I wasn’t super pumped about the number flashing at my from the scale.
When I started Refit, my goal was weight loss. You better believe my Apple Watch was ready to count those calories when the warmup began. It stayed that way through the new year and into late February.
I never dreaded going to work out because it’s so much fun. Those of you who know me know I love dancing – which is why there were so many jokes about the Baptist youth minister’s daughter dancing like there was no tomorrow when I was a cheerleader in high school. Unlike Shaun T’s workout videos that I owned, there were new routines each class. I was never bored with old choreography.
And here are some of my favorites.
If you read my blog post from yesterday, the fact that there are two Bruno Mars songs on this list should not surprise you. At all.
I even got to be in one of their choreography videos.
Since February, life has gotten crazy, what with work (Baylor women’s basketball in the NCAA tournament and then all of the spring high school sports reaching their climaxes from early May to now). I hadn’t been in months. But when I walked back through the door this afternoon, there was no judgment of, “What have you been doing with your life that you haven’t been here.” Instead, there were smiles of greetings and glad to have you back.
Their mission & vision statement is: We believe that the heart is more than a muscle. That a person is more than a body. That relationships are as important as results. We believe fitness isn’t just for the fit … it’s for the willing.
So I write all this because
⁃ No. 1 Exercise is important.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”
Romans 12:1 (MSG)
⁃ No. 2: If you don’t live in Waco, there are Refit classes around the country. Click on this link to see if there’s a class near you. If there isn’t, don’t worry! There isn’t one near where my mom lives, so she has an On Demand account where she can workout whenever she wants to from home.
⁃ No. 3: If you’re in Waco, you really need to give Refit a try. Shoot me a text and we can meet up for a class. Not because weight loss is the ultimate goal, but because you always feel better leaving than you do before you enter the studio. Not strictly because of the endorphins but because of the uplifting playlist and fun dance party that counts as a workout under the blacklight.