High school was extremely influential for me. It was the height of my independence and the beginning of the rest of my life in more ways than one.
First of all, it was in high school that I found journalism. I found the place where writing, layout, pictures and computers came together in one place. My brief yet very extensive introduction to the field prepared me for at least all of my introductory journalism classes in college thus far.
And second, high school was when I began varsity swimming. Although I had been swimming for my neighborhood team since age three and began competitively swimming for a USA sanctioned club team in eighth grade, high school swimming took my life to a new level. It taught me about time management, discipline, self-motivation and fitness. Varsity swimming made me a better person, and I loved every minute of it.
Most importantly, swimming taught me so much about exercise. To this day I remember and often complete high school work outs on my own in the pool or the gym. From sets to abdominal workouts, to cords to the weight room, I learned almost everything I know about exercise from my high school swim coach.
After five years of 24-hours-a-week of practice, my body naturally craved exercise. Today, although a member of the OU Club Swim Team, a majority of my workouts are on my own. Although I have rehearsed and replayed the techniques and work outs I learned in high school, I am ready for a change. I crave new, challenging workouts to target my problem areas and increase my fitness level. The feeling after a great workout is indescribable and something I cannot live without.
This is the challenge I embark on today. In my free time, I tend to research workouts and try them out, then evaluate their effectiveness. A new discovery is Self Magazine’s work-out trackers and tips about foods and other exercises. My plan is to compile the most effective workouts and interesting nutrition tips here, from Self and other various websites or other sources.
So, it begins.