Sunday, July 13, 2014
Exercising in the Summer is really hard for me. I don't like the heat. It drains me, and definitely interferes with my performance, not to mention my motivation to even get moving.
There's a pool at my apartment building, but it is small and generally occupied by squealing kids during the hours I might use it. So I mostly use the pool for a quick dip to cool off, or an activity my daughter and I can share in the heat. It's not really an option for a workout.
I don't belong to a gym. I don't want to spend the money, when most of the year I am able to work out well without one.
Those are my obstacles. Of course, I won't let them defeat me.
Here's what I'm trying this Summer, subject to further modifications, as we go along:
1. Early morning yoga. I get up a little early and dive into my yoga practice before getting ready for work. I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would, though I'm still not sold on morning activity.
2. A short evening work out. The rest of the year, I like to do an hour or more in the evening. However, waiting until it cools off enough to do a full hour work out was running havoc on my sleep this year. Somehow a short workout doesn't bother me as much, as long as the worst of the day's heat has passed. So, I'm doing only about half an hour in the evening: ten minutes of ST and 25 minutes or so of cardio.
All together, I'm getting an hour in, but somehow, I think my performance is better by splitting up the activities, and I'm getting more benefit from my yoga and my evening workouts.
The key for me is to keep working on this, because if I just stop exercising, I know myself -- my whole regimen will go kerflooey.
How does the warm weather affect your usual work out routines, if at all?
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Here's a good perspective. Have a great day, friends.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
We absolutely create our reality through the filter of perception. Notice how our inner conversation (some of which is not even verbal, but merely an emotional tone or habit of attitude) influences experience. I had this driven home to me last night. Throughout my neighborhood, folks were setting off illegal backyard fireworks, shooting them up in the sky so that the entire area was showered in pyrotechnic displays. I'd just finished working out and went out on my balcony to take a look, when I was delighted by the colors, lights and sounds of merriment. Five minutes later, my phone rang. It was a neighbor calling to express upset at the same display. She had her reasons, and certainly the activity is against the law in my city. So who was "right?" Me -- the fireworks are beautiful? Or she -- the fireworks are a serious problem? As I spoke to her, I noticed my mental confusion and a little emotional shame. Was I bad/wrong for loving the fireworks?
As I'm working my way back to some physical measurements I feel comfortable inhabiting (not so much weight as body fat percentage and waist/hip circumferences), I'm going to remember that moment of confusion -- what's true about the fireworks is true about this weight management journey. If I look in the mirror or at the measuring tape and see a setback or a problem, I'm going to feel like a failure. My thought and emotions go to an all-or-nothing mentality that fosters all kinds of bad behaviors, leading to the spiral of helpless/hopeless quitting. And that really starts before I look at the measuring tape or the little window on the scale. It starts with my moment-to-moment attitude about why I am doing this in the first place.
What I bring to my weight-management journey will color how I feel along the way, and that will be true no matter what the scale or measuring tape reveal. The concrete results are nothing but a metric for comparison. My goal is to bring joy, acceptance and enthusiasm right now. That's the truest measure of health, however ineffable.
Friday, July 04, 2014
After a few weeks of yoga practice, I'm hooked. I've found a studio I like, and have begun taking classes once a week, while practicing at home with online classes between. I love the feeling of calm and strength I get from my practice, as well as the improvement I'm feeling in my injured right shoulder/arm (from overdoing it with weight training).
Some of my favorite online resources for free yoga classes are Yoga with Adriene on YouTube and doyogawithme.com.
I hope you all are having a beautiful weekend, friends.
Here's a link to an article on Huffington Post that includes the image above (so you can see it better), with information about how yoga transforms the body starting from the first sessions.
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