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