Falling in Love with Fitness: March/April 2019

Well, these two months didn’t quite go as planned…such is life, right? But even so, I think I accomplished a lot in these two months when it comes to my fitness journey, mostly in regard to learning what won’t work for me. I think that it’s super important to find the value in the “failure”, so to speak, in the sense that we learn a lot about ourselves, who we are, and who we’re becoming along the way. Fitness is so individualized; what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. In fact, a lot of times what works for one person won’t work for another. So, in that sense, I want to emphasize that this series isn’t a guide on how to work out. Trust me, I am by no means qualified or experienced enough to construct such a plan. However, it’s about the journey to finding a fitness regiment that works for me in the hope that maybe you’ll begin on a path to finding yours if you haven’t already. It’s about documenting the process. Like writing, it’s not linear, but the end result is worth the work.

I’ve continued to do yoga, usually 1-2 times per week at a local studio, The Yoga Farm. They have two locations, and I go back and forth depending on my schedule. I really like the structure and the elements that make an in-person yoga class what it is. I remain very focused for that hour and get in the zone physically, a feeling I haven’t felt in a while and really love. One goal I have for my yoga practice this month is the at-home side of things. I really enjoy that Yoga with Adriene on YouTube does calendars for each month with different videos she’s done, each calendar catering to a different theme. May’s theme is “Open”, and I really want to get consistent with my at-home practice through this guided schedule this month. Yoga has been great for me both physically and mentally, which has been a great surprise (I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it at first!), and I’m excited to build on what I’ve learned so far.

When I started this series, I mentioned that I’d started taking Zumba classes. That didn’t end up working out for me; I just didn’t mesh with Zumba like so many people have, and that’s okay. I took the classes through my gym, and speaking of that, a traditional gym really doesn’t work for me, either. I may revisit it one day when there’s room in my budget for a personal trainer to show me the ropes, but until then I’ve come to terms with the fact that it isn’t my thing. So I’m not going to force myself. I’m going to find what works for me, for now instead.

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Notebook on yoga mat. Happy place.

So, here I am now. I suppose the rest of this post would make the most sense as a “goals for May” type of deal. This month is going to be  c r a z y  (more on that in Monday’s post), but I’m really determined to solidify some type of routine that will work for me even when life gets hectic. Consistency is the whole point, right?

Like I mentioned before, I want to continue to expand my yoga practice, but I also want to engage more of my previous gymnastics conditioning into a fast and cohesive routine for me to do in the mornings. I learned so many great exercises that together work all muscle groups and require no additional equipment besides perhaps a yoga mat for some cushion. That way, each morning I’ll have some exercise under my belt to get my heart moving and energy flowing. I also want to engage more with trampoline exercise when I can, because it goes hand-in-hand with gymnastics. Sometimes you just have to stick with what you’ve always loved, and flipping around has always had my heart.

However, on top of all of this sprinkled in to discovering the best way for me get fit, I have a question that I’m posing: is it possible to develop a love for running, or is it something that you have to like right away? We’re about find out, friends, and I’m not going to lie I’m slightly terrified (kidding but not kidding). I want to start running because it’s a hassle-free way to get solid exercise in, and you can often find somewhere to run for free. I’m going to try. I’m going to try to run. Wish me luck. But in all seriousness, it makes a lot of sense for me. I can easily listen to a podcast (my latest obsession) while going for a run to keep me occupied, and when the weather is good, it’s a great way to soak up some sun and fresh air. Challenge accepted. We’ll find out what happens.

This is my slightly lackluster update for my falling in love with fitness. I’m going to attack May going forward and really start discovering more about myself and what fitness means for my current lifestyle. Let’s go.

Much Love, Quinn

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