By Melissa Walsh
It's that time of year when millions of moms make the resolution of working out to get into sexy shape in time for bathing-suit weather.
I have the solution. And It's not joining a gym. It's hitting the ice and playing hockey - the best calorie-burner and buns-of-steel work out of all time, which also doubles as a girls' night out.
Playing hockey is clearly the most fun way to develop sexy muscle while having fun acting like a kid with girlfriends. And though the hockey pants may give the illusion of a fat or big butt, the reality is that under the hockey pants is lean hockey muscle that looks fabulous in a bathing suit.
Before I began playing hockey four years ago, my workouts of cardio and lifting weights required determined, Melissa-get-moving, just-do-it self-discipline and the motivation that can only come from hard rock music pounding into my brain through headphones.
Now I just go out and play with friends to get an awesome workout. I happily head off to my fountain of youth - the ice rink - and play hockey with and against my girlfriends. Though I play three to five times a week, I wish I could do it more. Everyday would be great. My hockey friends are collectively the most interesting and nicest group of ladies I've ever been around. I've found them to be much kinder and way more cool than the PTA and Bible Study ladies. Just saying…
So I urge my hockey mom readers out there to give hockey a try as a way to get in shape. If you can skate a bit, go get yourself some hockey equipment and join a women's hockey club. You may even consider joining a low-level co-ed league. If you have never skated, no problem. You can learn. It's a fun challenge, like picking up golf. You'll get the hang of it if you stick with it long enough. There are many adult learn-to-skate classes out there.
Trust me. If you enjoy watching hockey, you'll enjoy playing it more. And you'll rejoice in the benefits of fun with friends and sexy muscle. You'll acquire new camaraderie and new confidence, looking fantastic in your yoga pants and jeans.
Follow my advice … one day, you'll find yourself in "the room" with your friends following a game, telling jokes, bitching about the refs and sipping on your 111-calorie Blue Light while looking at your calorie watch displaying that you burned 825 calories in an hour. Then you'll think, "I'm sooooo glad I decided to play hockey. It's awesome!"
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