Maybe it’s the odd flashes of sunshine we’re getting amongst all the rain or maybe it’s the fact that I dragged out my summer clothes during these flashes (not mine) and a lot of them didn’t quite fit (I thought I’d only put on a few pounds during winter!), but I’ve been feeling very motivated to start exercising again during May and June. I planned to keep doing my 4 minutes a day throughout winter but the dreary weather, cold, greyness, layers of clothes and pure laziness stopped me. I’m still not finding it as easy as I was before, probably because it’s still been chilly and rainy a lot of the time (weather take note – it’s not April anymore, bugger off with your showers; sunshine sort it out, it’s June, almost July) but I really want to do it. I caught a glimpse last year of how amazing it was to actually feel nice in my clothes and it really increased my overall confidence so I really need to get back on it like a car bonnet.
I also really want to start a few new things, in particular yoga and running. I have never really been interested in yoga but after seeing lots of beautiful and inspiring photos of yoga poses on Instagram and coming across a couple of blog posts about it (particularly this one), I really fancy giving it a try. I’d like to do it for the body benefits but also for the things it can do for your mind. I find it impossible to switch off and stop worrying about every bloody little thing so I would love to do something about that and be a calmer person.
Unfortunately I haven’t found a suitable local class yet so I’m going to start practicing yoga at home for now starting with videos from here and here. There is a Pilates class near me; I know they are different, but I’d like to give that a try too so I might go to that one week and see if I like it.
I also want to start running. But I don’t want it to be a big deal or really push myself at first as I’ve always hated running so I just want to see how it goes. I feel like I would just like to add something different to my exercising so I would be happy with going just once a week. There is a place we take Ava for walks near where we live by a river so I’d actually like to go with my family for a walk and keep running away from and back to them. I don’t know if that’s a weird idea, but because going for a run sounds horrible to me at the moment I know that I will never make myself get my exercise clothes on and get out the door on an evening, when I am shattered and just want to collapse with some wine and Netflix. However getting some fresh air and going for a walk with my family by the river appeals much more.
There seem to be rather a lot of fitness related blog posts around at the moment and I am really enjoying reading them and getting inpsired. And hopefully next time I speak to you I’ll be downward dogging all over the place.
Do you do much exercise? I’d love to hear about what you do or if you have or any motivational tips to share.
Namaste my friends.