Finding Fitness in St. Louis (After 40!)

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I have always enjoyed physical activity. I played sports throughout my younger years, took a few dance lessons here and there, and taught fitness classes when I was in my 20s. As a twenty-something, I could pause my activities for a few weeks and simply pick up where I left off in my next workout. I remember vague muscle soreness, but it was always “the good kind of sore.”

Throughout the baby years of my 30s, I fell off the proverbial fitness wagon. I couldn’t find joy in exercise like I used to, and my body was just not responding to any activity I was throwing at it. Pushing into my 40s, I tried everything. I started running, completed a half marathon and never found that runner’s high. I tried Crossfit and hated every WOD (workout of the day). I tried yoga and just couldn’t find my Zen. I finally found an answer to my fitness woes when my husband and I, along with our two young boys, signed up to take tennis lessons. Finally, that love for fitness was reignited! I started to feel strong again and also started a regular Pilates practice. Sounds great, right?

Well, there’s a bit of a catch. In order to sustain results in your 40s, consistency is a must. Finding something that gets you excited to move is key. I found a few things that made me want to be active, and that made my workouts hard to miss. And as I became stronger, I found confidence to try new things. Hip hop dancing at 45? You bet! Aerial yoga? Yep. Be brave. Try something new. Who knows what kind of fitness is right for you? The point is, no matter what your age, you have to find something you enjoy. And realize that fitness comes in all different shapes and sizes.

I’m listing a few of my favorites here, and I’d love to hear about your favorite places to sweat!

Dance- adult drop-ins including Hip Hop, Music Video moves, and any other form you like, beginners welcome

Consuming Kinetics Dancing Center (CKDC)

460 Whittier Street, St. Louis, MO 63108

Pilates- equipment (if you haven’t tried this, you owe it to yourself!)

Freeman Pilates

4168 Juniata St., St. Louis, MO 63116

Rebounding, suspension training, surf, cycle

CycleSurf Studio

633 W. Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269

Spin- theater type

CycleBar

Multiple locations in the area

Strength training- Megaformer training

PLNK STL

1560 S Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

Interval Training- Instructor led

Shred 415

8384 Musick Memorial Dr., St. Louis, MO 63144 

734 N New Ballas Dr., Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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Nicole is a working mom of two boys, and has been married to her husband, Jim, since 2006. She and her family, along with their two rescue dogs, live in a Metro East suburb about 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. When not encouraging her boys from the sidelines, Nicole can be found trying new fitness trends or helping others to reach their health and wellness goals. Nicole believes in the healing power of humor and can generally find a reason to laugh. Her hobbies include reading, Netflix binging, and dancing like no one is watching. You can follow Nicole on Instagram @befittinglyfit and in the Facebook group Befittingly Fit for reviews of area fitness classes and musings about life with boys.