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Finding My Exercise Niche

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I have never been a big fan of exercise. I find controlling my calories way, way, way easier than fitting in exercise. I hate being out of breath, sweaty and in pain. Plus the time just never seems to fit in my schedule. I have tried running, but I don't feel that "floating on clouds" thing that everyone else seems to and instead of being able to let me mind drift like I have heard about all my brain is thinking is "please stop running!!!" I have tried other exercises like bike riding which is by far better than running, but I live in a downtown area and fear the traffic. My apartment complex has a gym with an elliptical which is not bad, but I get bored of the one view scenery. The closest I have come to really looking forward to exercise is when I was in college and was enrolled in a TurboKick class. It was fun to be in a group and you were held accountable to finish the work-out that you started! Plus, the exercises kept changing, so I never had the burn out feeling in my muscles like I do with running. The downside now is that in college it was free, but now it would cost quite a bit to be able to attend on of those classes. Sooo with all that said, in the end I have gone through a lot of my weight loss journey without any scheduled exercise other than occasional walks in the evening and the jogging I do around the hospital all day at work. Surprisingly I have still been able to lose weight which I feel really fortunate about. Today I tried something new, because even after all the exercises I have tried I am determined to find something I love. The thing I tried? Yoga! It is not a cardio exercise, but it is a step in the right direction to helping me love exercise. I like that you work many muscle groups to hold challenging poses that flow from one to the next. With yoga I can get my mind to that reflecting place that some people get with running. Today I went through a series of poses at sunset which was a nice way to say goodbye to the day. I won't lie, a lot of moves were above my level currently, but I modified them to my ability.

Some day I hope to be able to do this (many many many some days from now):

Peacock Feather Pose

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    I love yoga. I took a few classes, which I'd recommend so that you know how a pose is supposed to feel, but in the past several years, I've just done videos (I hear you about the 'free' thing). I don't know all the ins and outs, but there are different styles, some are more intense (and feel more like cardio) than others. Explore and enjoy! emoticon
    1796 days ago
    Still looking for mine.
    1797 days ago
    You'll get there! Just believe and work towards your goal each day.
    1797 days ago
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