This post is a bit different from my usual ones because I realized that daily life can’t always be so rigid and information based. I love to venture out of my niche once in a while and provide you guys with something a bit different and more relatable.
Confidence! If you have it, you can make anything look good
Don’t forget I’m a person too, and so I often do a lot of fun activities, sometimes boring ones, sometimes I see friends all the time, and others not at all. Life has always had a way to pull you away from being social because lets face it, working hard on a weekly basis for your career, your blog, your channels, your lives can be pretty exhausting
Some days you just want to do nothing, see no one, Netflix and chill! And that’s okay! BUT on the days that I want to do a fun activity that I enjoy, and that will help me get my body moving and keep me active, shopping is the way to go!I recently posted a picture on my instagram and part of the caption was “shopping is my cardio”. Believe it or not it is!
Its not just about shopping! A lot of people think that because I go to the mall often it means I’m a shopaholic. I’m not lol. Okay! Only sometimes and especially during xmas!
Anyway! I love the mall! It’s a great way to get out of the house, dress up and be active. Obviously I have to wear comfy shoes otherwise I wouldn’t want to walk for hours BUT I also make sure they match my outfit, and are stylish. For some reason I’ve always enjoyed dressing up in different kinds of styles and when I go to the mall I love looking fashionable.
I usually don’t even buy anything! Its just window shopping and trying on stuff for fun…sounds bad I know, but its so true! Most times I’ll go with friends and family.
The mall has never been a place I’ve enjoyed going alone, unless I actually have an errand to run like return or exchange something, or if its someone’s birthday and I HAVE TO GO ASAP When I go with friends its great and I love it! We not only get to catch up on our daily drama, boy stories, family feuds and obviously careers, we also get a chance to “workout” together. Something that I don’t usually do with friends because at a gym, I plug in my headphones and its like no one else exists.. oops!
There I go being a bit anti-social…but hey I don’t go to the gym to play around! The mall lets me have my 45min or more of daily exercise. It’s usually mild to moderate intensity and I get to chat with friends and get the social aspect of my life satisfied…. But its not always mild and moderate exercise. Sometimes its like doing small high intensity interval training sessions! How is shopping HIIT? Well! CHANGING ROOMS!
How many of you have gone to the mall to find something specific, or even just to try things on for the new season?
Yea, changing rooms for me are no joke. I literally take almost the entire store with me, huge mistake, but I do it all the time. Then, I have to quickly change, walk around and “model” the outfit for friends and family to get their opinion. Then its back to the sauna like room with the hot lights which almost always make me break a sweat.
But its not over! You are doing all these crazy movements as you put on and take off clothes, and then when you’re done you shuffle over to the next store and do it all over again. Mind you, if this were something you do maybe in one store, it wouldn’t be an issue, but sometimes I go on a small changing room hopping spree and its exhausting! My heart is racing, I’m hot, my arms start to feel it and then you just want to sit and take a breather! Lol
So for me, shopping and even window-shopping is my cardio! It’s where I can get a fun workout without actually intending to! And I can do it for hours! Recently, something new has been going around too, especially at the malls in Broward County! At sawgrass mills mall, early risers are getting together before it open to the public ,.to WALK ! The distance around the mall is 1.5 miles. The mall now has a formal Mall Walking Club. Membership is free at Sawgrass Mills. And they had their 1 year anniversary last October. They are now called the Sawgrass Mills Millers. The mall even gives them breakfast in the food court, free! Other malls also have these walking clubs. Some have membership fees, others do not.
If you’re interested in joining some of these awesome fitness clubs centered at malls! I’ve found a list on the sun-sentinel and will be pasting it below! Regardless of what you think of malls and shopping, I’m glad people are going out there and staying active! So don’t be afraid to gather your friends, family and go crazy in the malls!
- Broward Mall in Plantation: No membership fee and includes weekly blood pressure checks!
- Coral Square in Coral Springs: Members pay a 1 time fee of $5 and it includes monthly health lectures at the Coral Springs Medical Center, incentive awards, T-shirt and a newsletter.
- The Fashion Mall in Plantation: Free and also has blood pressure checks 2xweek.
- The Galleria in Ft. Lauderdale: Free!
- Hollywood Fashion Center in Hollywood: was in the process of starting its own club! So find out if they did
- Pompano Square in Pompano Beach: 1 time fee of $7.50 and includes monthly meetings at mall food court with guest speakers, incentive awards and raffles. Members also get discount cards, T-shirts, log book and a newsletter.
- Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise: free! You also get a log book, weekly blood pressure checks and incentive awards.
OBVIOUSLY AND AS ALWAYS: Always always always check with your doctors first! Know your limits, learn to listen to your body so that you push yourself in a healthy and safe manner. Never continue if you feel chest pain, if you get nauseous or cannot stop breathing fast. If you get light headed, take a break, sit down, don’t be stubborn and take care of your health before you go nuts on the mall walks! How should you walk? If you can’t talk while you walk… chances are you may be overdoing it. Walk briskly, but not to the point that you feel like you’re going to pass out.
There you have it! Shopping can be both fun and good for your body… whose ready to go to the mall??