Like everyone else in the universe (at least in January), staying fit is one of my huge priorities. It’s not really about resolutions, though. It’s just that feeling like I fit right in my own body is crucial to my mental health. So, I’m constantly trying to iron out the kinks in my workout routine to make sure that working/blogging/drinking wine don’t get in the way of being a physical person.
The problem is, since college (when I was a dance major and pranced around all day for exercise) I just haven’t been able to get in a serious groove. There are intense Crossfit periods that last about a minute. You never leave one of those workouts wondering what could have been, that’s for sure. You do start to get a little . . . muscle-bound (or “buildy,” as we call it in this house). As a dancer, that just does not sit right. So, I’ll rebound to something lengthening, like yoga, which is great for the first bit. I can never raise my arms to the wheel to drive home after the first class, and how can you not respect a workout that makes you John McCain in stretchy pants? But after about two classes, I’m distracted and want a workout where I can push myself, get all sweaty and see the crazy raspberry color in my face that tells me I’ve gone as far as I can.
So, I bought a gym membership to the place down the street. I can run there (and I can’t run very far), so no excuse about not having enough time is going to let me off the hook. The question is, what do I do when I get there? I’ve been modifying some Crossfit workouts, but I can’t do any of the lifts, so that eliminates like 65% of the daily WODs. That makes me so sad, because I love the planning Crossfit provides: I get so much more out of a workout when I don’t have to think about what it is I’m doing; if I have to do 25 squats, I’ll do them, but if I’m just making it up as I go along, I’ll stop when I’m tired at 15. I have a decent amount of willpower, but I fall apart without structure.
So, a call for inspiration. Where do you get your workout plans? And, perhaps more importantly, where do you get your workout pants? If I’m being real here, cute workout gear will get me to the gym more reliably than anything else. You just have to know yourself, man.
(Wishing this morning that I could run through here . . . hear that, California? When people start reminiscing about Boston weather, it is time to get your act together.)