Exercise has always been my nemesis. We don’t get along. Our rocky relationship started way back in elementary school gym class, continued when I tried to take up running in my 20s, and was more recently invigorated when I fumbled my way through mom and baby yoga when my daughter was an infant. None of these attempts at physical fitness ever stuck. If it’s not fun, if it’s not convenient, if I don’t feel challenged (i.e. if it’s too easy for me to cheat), I will quit.
The Exercise Method
Recently, The Dailey Method entered my life. Named for its founder Jill Dailey, this exercise class is described on its website as a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching and orthopedic exercises. For a chronic exercise-avoider like me, that description was pretty intimidating. But since the first and only Canadian location of The Dailey Method is a five minute walk from my home, and because they have a pretty convenient schedule of classes that works with my busy lifestyle, I talked myself into giving it a shot.
The first class I attended surprised me. It was tough, I was sore, and my muscles quivered. But I also kind of enjoyed it and loved how I felt afterwards. I went back again a couple of days later, and had the same reaction. By my third class, I was hooked, and I haven’t looked back since. Have I finally conquered my hatred of exercise?
The classes are small, and usually have between eight and 12 students. The instructors are awesome. They have a lot of energy without being over the top, and are great at giving everyone just the right amount of individualized attention to correct your posture during the workout or to help you get the positioning just right. This makes me feel like I’m improving, which keeps me coming back. The very nature of the workout makes it hard to cheat and really easy to see (and feel) the results, since it is adaptable to all levels of fitness. The studio itself is beautiful and clean and such a nice modern space.
Fits Your Schedule
Classes last for one hour and are offered seven days a week as early as 6:00 am and as late as 7:00 pm. They even offer child-minding at the 9:40 am and 11:00 am classes Monday to Friday for children up to 10 years of age for just $6. Now there are no excuses.
How do you fit exercise into your life with children? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments!