my fitness philosophies.
- one size does not fit all.: some of us are runners, others yogis, a (crazy!) few of you can spend hours on the elliptical or swear by the bike, and i’m sure some spend their time exclusively with the weights. and that is great because there is no right way to exercise. heck, in the past 5 years i’ve gone from college water polo player to marathon runner to strength training convert to devoted yogi. i believe over time our bodies and lives change and it is normal (and healthy!) to bounce from one form of exercise to another. if nothing else, it keeps things interesting and our bodies guessing.
- something is better than nothing.: we are all busy and, like it or not, i (and probably you as well) do not have an hour plus to commit to the gym every day. i used to think if i couldn’t squeeze in at least 5 miles, it was a waste of a run; if i couldn’t make the entire 90 minute bikram class, i might as well skip it all together. not true! even if all i can manage is a 1 mile jog around the blog or a 20 minute podcast, the little things add up and, at the very least, the small burst of energy brightens my day.
- life first, exercise second.: when i reflect on the last few years of my life, one of my greatest regrets is allowing a workout schedule to control the rest of my life. i skipped many a late night out to be up for a workout the next morning, declined plans with friends if they conflicted with my scheduled gym time and allowed my whole day to be dictated by the quality of my workout that morning. around thanksgiving of last year, i finally said enough! i truly believe this is a realization we each come to on our own, so i won’t try to convince you, but i have learned (perhaps the hard way), that a good workout is not the be all and end all in life. it is an important component to a healthy lifestyle, but, as everything else, has it’s place in relation to the other important things we value.
these days i get my exercise in with a combination of long walks, short treadmill runs + power vinyasa yoga. i walk my dogs every morning, try to make 4 yoga classes/week and other days squeeze in 30 minutes of intervals on the dreadful treadmill (what a positive attitude i have!) i try to dosomething everyday, but don’t beat myself up if i miss one. there’s always tomorrow!