It is becoming very apparent to me that there is a fine line when it comes to me and going to the gym.
Right now, I'm in the position where I can't tell if I don't want to go to the gym because I don't find it necessary to go to the gym…
Or, I can't tell if I slipped into a mid-winter lazy depressive state and I just don't WANT to go. There's a difference between these two.
During the winter of 2011 I fell into lazy-don't-wanna-go depression.
During the winter of 2012, I forced myself to go so that wouldn't happen.
During the winter of 2013, it was me forcing myself because I knew I was just being a whiner. Also, I had a community there, and knew I'd get an email the next day asking me where I was. Accountability is always the key.
This winter, I have no idea what category I fall into.
This article about Happy Exercise vs. Stressed Exercise really struck a chord with me:
The moral of this story is not that exercise is bad. But we need to look at the motivating forces that drive us to exercise. Healthy habits driven by fear are not so healthy after all.
So, lately, I've been doing Pilates everyday (10-15 minutes) and going to one 30 minute class a week. On Monday nights I go to RPM Express or BodyPump Express, depending on my mood. It's quite a turnaround from 7-8 months ago! I'm okay with that though. Somewhere along the line I realized I wasn't getting a whole lot of enjoyment out of the gym.
I do realize it's important to get your heart rate up and I like muscle tone; so I go when I can. I've found I can commit to a Monday night class. I could probably do Thursday night too, but there's that whole "I DON'T WANT TO" thing stopping me.
Again, I'll encourage you to try The Balanced Life if you even have the inkling of giving Pilates a try. I'm a believer in it! For workouts at home (if I'm so inclined and sometimes I am), I like The Nike Training Club. Also, I'm a fan of just taking the dog for a walk.
Lately, I've found myself stressed out by work, the impending move, and looking into future employment. Also, since Scott isn't home for dinner every night, I like being home with him and the dog in the evenings when I can. I usually do some kind of toning workout before bed and call it a day.
So that's where we are. I have no sage advice or expertise to offer. I'm kinda over the gym thing right now. I'm the same weight as I've been for at least a year, my pants still fit the way they did 6 months ago, and I still have muscle tone. Therefore, I must be doing something right, and I'm not too worried about this fitness dry spell. Sometimes we just need a break, right?
Scott is, and always will be, a runner. I went on what was supposed to be a 7 mile run/walk with him last week. I made it a mile and started walking. My legs were killing me. He just looked at me and said, "I thought you ran a 10K a few months ago?" I did, friends. Motivation for me is the key. Unless something is chasing me or there is a finish line up ahead, I have a hard time caring. Needless to say, it became a 5 mile walk and even Scout was glaring at me. Apparently I slow the dog down.
I would like to do another 5K. Maybe this spring? I can get behind 3.2 miles. I'm also really excited about hiking in Colorado. We used to hike in Alaska (mostly pre-blog, back when I would still go outside), and I think it'll be a fun hobby to get back into. Sometimes authentic exercise is so much better than spinning away to nowhere in a class, right?
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