I'm so happy to introduce you to Kate Putney, the awesome gal behind D Town Sweat. Kate gives honest reviews of fitness classes in the Dallas area. If you have ever wanted to try a new type of work out class but didn't want to go in completely blind D Town Sweat is the perfect resource for you. You can easily stay in the know by following D Town Sweat on Instagram too. I asked Kate to share on the Bobbie Blog her background with fitness along with some tips that she has picked up living a healthy life style.
I've been running for as long as I can remember. My mom ran her first marathon long before I was born, but trained for many races throughout my childhood. I remember begging to jog along with her, which she often obliged. Watching my mom run so regularly growing up, I naturally gravitated to the sport as I became old enough to consciously choose an exercise routine.
At 13, my family moved from Austin to Virginia, and as we adjusted to our new home, my mom and I began running longer distances together. In high school, I ran competitively in track and cross-country, and ran my first half marathon at 16.
I ran recreationally in college, but after undergrad, I moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where I taught high school math through Teach for America. Like many first year teachers will tell you, it was hard as hell. More than ever, running became a place of refuge for me, and during my first year leading a class, running was my Xanax, my counselor, my best friend, and sanity. I loved it enough, that I decided it was time to train for my first marathon, which I ran in 2013 in Austin.
After running a few marathons, and many half marathons, I started to feel like I had plateaued in my fitness, and I began to try out boutique fitness classes in my new home, Dallas. When I started to search for a central information source on Dallas fitness, I could only find sporadic reviews and insight, which leads me to D Town Sweat, the blog that I recently started as a source of information for people interested in Dallas fitness - specifically class reviews, instructor profiles, free fitness events, and new studio openings in Dallas.
I'm a huge advocate of healthy, active living, and hope that by providing information about my experiences with health and fitness in Dallas, I can help others wanting to further explore Dallas fitness for themselves. Here are 5 fitness tips that I practice, and think are beneficial for anyone wanting to live a more active lifestyle:
- Mix up your routine. Just because you think of yourself as a runner, or a yogi, or a cycler doesn't mean that's the only thing that you should be doing! Challenge muscles that are otherwise ignored by mixing up your fitness routine - run, take a variety of classes, go for a hike, go for a walk, try new things! You may be surprised at how quickly you notice positive changes in your body. I recently ran my fastest half marathon time, on the hilliest course I have eve run, and I know that this personal record was largely in part due to the strength I've developed through yoga, Pilates, boot camps, etc.
- Commit to a time. Make fitness a part of your day. Just as surely as I make a pot of coffee in the morning, I spend an hour almost every morning focusing on my fitness. By making 6 AM - 7AM my fitness hour, I never waste time or energy thinking about how I'll fit my workout in.
- Take at least one day off each week. Don't kill yourself over working out every single day. Give your body a break, you'll feel better and run less risk of injury if you give yourself time to recover.
- Find a Friend. If someone else is holding you accountable for showing up, the chances you're going to miss a sweat session is far less likely than if your sweating alone. There are so many mornings I would have rolled back over if it hadn't been for my running partner waiting for me on the trail.
- Just do it. At some point, everyone was a beginner. Don't let the fear of being uncomfortable prevent you from trying a new class, signing up for a race, or trying out a new workout! Don't wait for the perfect time to start living a healthier life...there will never be a perfect time.
You only get one body, folks. Treat it like it belongs to someone you love.
Stay sweaty, friends!