It’s so easy to exercise in the same way, day in and day out, but not feel a modicum of inspiration. Ever happen to you?
That’s been me of late, as I wrote about a few days ago in a post. I’ve had a hard time staying on the exercise wagon lately which all started when I injured my knee. Add on having the shingles and finding out my gym was closing, and you can see why I’ve gotten into a serious gym funk. Motivation? Out the window. And with all our rain lately, even walking outside seems less than compelling in the midst of a downpour!
But getting back on track is all about taking a new approach to shake things up. The easiest thing I could do would be to just sign up for another gym and quietly go through the motions again. Hello?! Why in the world would I do that? I want change, not more of the same. And since summer is a time of new beginnings for me, I’m all about looking at exercise from a different perspective.
So I thought it fortuitous when I saw my friend Steve the other day at a party. Steve just got certified as a yoga instructor and when I asked about where and when he was teaching he mentioned that he has a Tuesday evening class at a yoga studio minutes from my house. He said that it’s a beginners class, and even though I’ve done a fair amount of yoga, it struck me that taking his class would serve me well — I’m the queen of overdoing it and easing back into yoga with the basics immediately resonated with me. Besides, I’m going easy on my knee and the last thing I want is to make it worse.
I’m leaving for vacation for a week tomorrow, but when I’m back, I’m committed to kick starting a new exercise routine with a healthy dose of yoga from one of my favorite people. And then we’ll see about the gym situation and what makes the most sense. In the end, it’s about taking small baby steps to get back on track and that’s my plan.
When it comes to exercise, when was the last time you really shook things up and tried something different?