Taking it Old School

I’m going to make a confession. Ready for it? Ready? I wasn’t always this healthy!

Growing up in the ‘80s, I likely had a diet similar to many other American kids — enjoying my fair share of sugary cereals (personal favorite: Honey Nut Cheerios), downing Happy Meals at McDonalds just to get the cool toy, attending birthday pizza parties which always ended with a Carvel Ice Cream Cake, and of course, savoring the great love of a cold Coca Cola on a hot summer day.

Thanks to being a super active and athletic kid, as well as having a genetic leaning toward being naturally thin, my body allowed me to “get away” with this kind of eating. My father, a notable holistic allergy doctor who you will be hearing from in our Health article this week, also likely played a big role in keeping both my brother and I aware that these foods were a treat, to be had in moderation. We were told to pay attention to how we felt after the sugar bomb that was our favorite pint of Haagen-Dazs strawberry ice cream. So I always had, at least, a balanced relationship with the classic junk food we all collectively love.

Now, heading into the birthday week of my …okay, okay… 33rd year (yikes!) I am grateful that I have both the knowledge and awareness to lead a truly healthy, active, and balanced life — and furthermore, be in a position to help and encourage others to live similarly. I am actually not a healthy extremist, as I still enjoy my fair share of naughty treats, and often struggle to find the motivation to workout if it’s not something I have to do for work, or more importantly, if it’s not something I find truly fun!

Enter Throwback Fitness. A studio, workout, and class, crafted to feel genuinely like P.E. class from middle school, while still offering a truly challenging workout. You barely notice the work you’re putting in, as you’re having so much fun playing silly versions of dodgeball and being pegged with Nerf guns! Perhaps you were not like me, and middle school gym class was not the one part of your school day you looked forward to, but I truly believe that’s what all of our personal fitness routines should feel like — that fun break in our day we look forward to, as much fun as our favorite games as a kid.

I think the same is true for the foods we eat. While indulging is most certainly part of a healthy and balanced life, making healthy choices in your diet does not need to feel like a punishment. Especially now, in 2014, when there’s so much accessibility to truly healthy and delicious ways to recreate our favorite foods — many of which the lovely Eve Lynn Kessner will be sharing with us this week.

So this week, in honor of Throwback Fitness, we are throwing it back to the days when everything felt like a big game, Tom Cruise was flying across slippery floors in his white socks and tighty whities, and Billy Idol was, well, an idol. Then we are returning Back to the Future to offer some ways to bring this same sense of nostalgia and fun to your current life, health, and fitness choices.

In the meantime, in the great words of Abraham Lincoln from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, “Party on, dudes, and be excellent to each other.”

Until next week,

Aly Teich
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life