This essay collection will encourage readers to exercise and work up a sweat.
- Book Intro
Here is a woman who has joined the ranks of "cool women who exercise." It's a well-known fact that you need to exercise and develop your physical strength in order to have a healthy life. Unexpectedly, the author goes for kickboxing. Why kickboxing over Pilates or yoga?
There are several reasons why she opted for kickboxing. First of all, she is very physically weak and felt that she had to do something to change that. Second, once she set her mind to it, she wanted to get the feeling of a really invigorating workout. The older you get, the weaker you become physically. However, the author hopes to be able to do more things, however little they may be. Knowing that she’d have to try something that was new and unfamiliar to her, she made up her mind to take on the daunting challenge of kickboxing for the first time in her life. At the same time, she hoped to learn skills with which to protect herself in the event of an emergency.
While this book is a record of the struggle that the author, who had been watching her physical strength deteriorate, goes through at the kickboxing gym, it’s also a diary detailing the physical and mental changes that she undergoes throughout one whole year. One year is enough time for someone to start something new and achieve dramatic change. Initially, the author struggles with even the most basic movements. Her arms shake uncontrollably, she keeps getting told off for her incorrect posture, and even occasionally fears for her life while exercising. She goes from being "below average" to "average" and even achieves what seemed impossible to her before. When you see her being praised by her coach, you'll feel the urge to get ready to go out and exercise.
- About the Author
Hwang Boreum majored in Computer Engineering and worked as a programmer at a mobile phone company. She quit her job around the age of thirty and has since lived as “someone who reads and writes every day.” In addition, she now works out daily. She hopes to be able to do the splits and stand on her head. She is the author of I Will Read Every Day, a collection of essays on reading.