I don’t like working out. I’m still waiting for an injection (safe) to be developed that will make me healthy and fit while I’m sprawled on the couch watching this week’s DVR’d tv shows. I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time so, in the meantime, I’m doing the next best thing. About a month ago, I started to get back in shape the old-fashioned way. Here’s what I’m doing and the tools I’m doing them with. (Let’s see how many I’m still doing in a few months.)
I joined Oprah and Deepak Chopra and thousands of other people in a free 21-Day Meditation Challenge. It’s a “three-week guided meditation journey toward the triad of whole wellness—mind, body and spirit. This free interactive program comes with daily meditations to help you embrace the vision of your best self, expand your understanding of your miraculous body and achieve greater balance and well being.” I’m not exactly sure why I started this, though there’s really no downside to meditating, right? It might even be good for me…except, now that I’m at day 19 today, I haven’t done it yet…for no good reason. I’ve been putting it off all day. My plan, now, is to do it before I go to bed. I’m better at meditating when I’m anxious about something. Since I’m not, it seems dispensable. Which is ridiculous because it only takes about 15 minutes. I need to change my attitude.
I love walking. It’s my primary mode of transportation. I’ve been walking 10,000 steps/day for almost a year. That’s the equivalent of approximately 5 miles. My FitBit –a fancy pedometer type thingy– clips to my bra and tracks how many steps I’ve taken, the distance I’ve walked, and floors climbed. It can also track calories eaten and burned, and my sleep cycle, though I don’t bother with those. So far, I’ve walked 4,118,973 steps since last June 1. Yes, that’s 4 million, 118 thousand, 973 steps, which = 1816 miles. When I started, I really did 10,000 steps just about every day. Then winter came. Now I’m down to 3-4 days a week. The Fitbit costs $99.00 and I think it’s worth it.
The New York Public Library offers free yoga classes sponsored by Compass Yoga, “a nonprofit organization focused on improving the health of all people by teaching the therapeutic benefits of yoga.” I love these classes; the teachers are great and the price is right! I go about once a week, and should probably do more, but really, who has the time?
This is my newest activity and I’ve only been at it for a couple of weeks. I’ve been going to SoulCycle and Crunch Gym because I can’t decide, yet, which one is for me. They both have their pros and cons. SoulCycle is more aesthetically pleasing and I think the instructors might be a bit better…as well they should be, because, at $34/class, it’s not cheap. Crunch is right around the corner from my house –which counts for a lot– and is less expensive. I’m still making up my mind between the two and am very proud (and a bit surprised) that I’ve been going 3x/week. That probably won’t last…
When I’m not motivated to leave my house, I have two really good workout apps on my iPad. They each cost about $2 and are worth much more.
So I’m trying. If I keep all this up, even just a little bit, I should be fine.