April 25 2017

On Sports and My New Obsession With Cardio Kickboxing

First, allow me to quickly introduce you to the sporty side of me, just in case you don’t know me in person, or you’d just met me.

  1. I hate going to the gym. I admire every person who goes there, I respect everyone who works in a gym, and once I’m there I truly enjoy myself, but the problem is getting me there. I hate being watched by people, and hate not being left alone to workout in peace, because it’s almost impossible to avoid chit-chats, which I really really hate during workout. The idea of the gym gives me this weird “boxed-in” suffocating feeling that I really dislike, I’m more of an open-air person and always prefer the outdoors in natural settings.
  2. I  automatically lose interest in sports that many people around me do; they suddenly feel boring and unchallenging. I hate to be told what sports I should or should not do… blame it on my Zodiac sign (that stubborn Taurus in me).
  3. I hate it when people assume that I should be doing a certain sport because of my interests and the kind of personality they think I have. For example, I do not like to run!
    “But you love to write” they comment, frustrated.  Now despite Hollywood’s persistent attempts at associating writers with running, and although many people who happen to love writing, do in fact enjoy running, and despite the countless undeniable benefits of the sport, it’s not for everyone. In my case particularly, a long time sufferer of a herniated disc, running does more harm than good, so no, thank you, I’ll cheer for you when you run, but would rather leave it at that.
    Do you know that there’s a beautiful trail behind our house? I see runners every day; mornings, afternoons, evenings, and what do I do? I just watch them happily while I’m enjoying my morning coffee, afternoon tea, or while devouring my scrumptious Nutella jar! I’m that hopeless (blush)

So what sports do I like?
I like biking, it combines the speed of running with the calmness of walking, an oddly attractive combination I like and never find boring. I also like tennis, but my back injury limits me, and I love swimming, and water sports in general . I’m very much interested in Stand Up Paddle-boarding (SUP)and am preparing to give it a try this summer hopefully.
I’m a yogi at heart; I love the concept of Yoga, I love the peacefulness, the outcome and the whole zen-effect it has on a person. I do yoga every now and then to control my herniated disc situation, and it always works magic on my pain. BUT… it’s too boring for me in its traditional version. I’m more interested in a new art of yoga called: SUP Yoga, once I master the stand up paddle-boarding, I will give SUP Yoga a try for sure. (Will keep you posted).
I also like Zumba, my only problem with it is that I always end up dancing to the rhythm rather than following the instructor’s lead. So it’s more like Zumba à la Eman, which has a certain resemblance to the actual Zumba, but is really a whole different workout 😀

Anyway, my life has been really crazy lately. Let’s just say that when life decides to get tough, it just gets tough with no breaks. You have to keep on going, and as they say: the only way out is through.
So one horrible horrible day,  I was feeling like my whole life was falling apart, tired of struggling. I was so frustrated, so angry, so exhausted. I went to drop off my older son to his Karate lesson, and was trying to keep my little one busy while we waited for the lesson to come to an end. So to make things fun, I started mimicking some Karate moves I saw the class making, but he wasn’t amused, at all. It wasn’t until I collected a few beanbag chairs from the floor and built a small tower that I kicked and knocked over that he seemed to show interest and laugh like crazy. But the shocker was how amazing I felt! I felt my anger disappear, my strength kicking in and my whole mood improving.
So when we returned home, I did a small online search of sports that might be close to what I was doing, and that’s when I came across Cardio Kickboxing. And man is it AWESOME! I’m really surprised, because the one sport I’ve always resented and hated watching my whole life _besides wrestling_ was actually boxing. And then I heard of kickboxing, and I still hated it, it was nothing but two people beating the hell out of each other, at least this is how I saw it. But watching is one thing, and practicing is a whole different thing.
Let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t tried cardio kickboxing, YOU MUST TRY IT, it’s the one thing that was able to rid me of my anger and stress and keep me sane for the last few weeks.  I’m so in love with it, and although I don’t have much time to exercise, I enjoy every second of the time I get to do it.

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Posted April 25, 2017 by Eman in category "Just Personal


  1. By Haitham Jafar on

    *is it safe to comment, is it!*

    I read the post yesterday but felt like keeping my initial thoughts until today, do not want to risk getting bean bagged 😀

    awwal eshy salamt, did not know you have herniated disc problems.

    SportING is awesome and good for you, no denying of that whatsoever. I spent less than 2 months in gym when I was 17, never have done it since, never liked it! It does feel like a trap (what is with all the mirrors and the forced directives :D)

    About martial arts (that is the category, right? :P); I never felt comfortable with the essence of it, its driving theme (you need to WIN OVER a human being). It builds confidence and it is absolutely beneficial for you but not my cup of meramiyyeah

    I suspect my opinion would change and maybe I am afraid to try it in case I like it, not sure! I do not meditate, I walk, write and play with little children to release some steam. It is working. I wish I could swim as I want to but it has been a decade maybe now for me! Biking is nice but back home it is near impossible!!

    *** running & writing = combined? When / where is that!? *blame it on my lack of television*

    Lastly, am I in trouble, lol is this comment going to make me … hurt?
    *okay, enough joking-attempts haitham, enough already*

    1. By Eman (Post author) on

      Allah ysalmak Haitham, thanks 🙂

      No worries, I’m a very peaceful person, you’re only on my blacklist for now 😛

      You know, we have a lot of similarities, you and me, in terms of interests and way of thinking.
      I still can’t believe that I’m actually enjoying kickboxing, like you, I always felt it’s violent and nourishes the aggressive side of us, but in my defense, I’m doing the actual kickboxing, and I wouldn’t go for the “let’s knock each other unconscious” level, I’m _currently_ sticking to the cardio form of kickboxing, where no partner is necessary, and where you can release all your anger, stress and negative energy in a peaceful way.
      You should try it. Look up some video to try the thing at home before you decide to go further. You’ll be amazed 🙂
      “not my cup of meramiyyeah” that was a good one 😛

      As for meditating, although a huge believer in the benefits, but I truly suck at it, I’m so impatient and sometimes restless, but I always find a way to do the moves that suit both my personality and my health needs. And I’m really determined to learn SUP so I can enjoy SUP yoga in the near future hopefully, that’s one thing I’m dying to do.

      Oh yes Haitham, “jalatouna” every writer has to run, every runner loves to write, every blogger is a runner, etc… pfft, it’s really annoying, they’re creating a stereotype and people are falling for it.

      P.s. Lovely runners are running outside in the rain as I’m replying to you, one just tripped, oops, and she fell, oops, and she’s hurt, hmm, and she’s up and running again, phew. Oh, and she’s waiving at me now, oops, that’s my neighbor, ok, she’s gesturing at me to join, and I’m pointing to my coffee mug as an excuse, and… she just realized her friends are way past her 😛
      Gotta love their dedication!


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