From last week:
I've struggled with my body for as long as I can remember, something that a lot of people can relate to (big surprise). For the past month or so, my roommate and I have been going to different fitness classes on campus, rock-climbing, hiking, biking, really trying to see what works for us.
Upon a recommendation from tumblr, I'm going to share my fitness journey every week. I'm hoping there will be consistency (ie every Monday, every Tuesday, etc), but it really depends on what classes I've taken that week or what activities I've participated in. It is my hope that I can better hold myself accountable and also inspire you guys to take this journey with me! Likewise, I'm always open (and would greatly appreciate) any suggestions, recommendations, and personal stories.
Without further ado, this is my fitness journey, yoga, rock-climbing, and hiking, week week two:
This week, I continued on in my yoga practice, even going to my very first actual class. It was a very fun class, and through it I was able to see just what a difference the classroom enviromnment makes. By hearing the poses, seeing others around me attempt them, and being railroaded so to speak, I was forced to attempt every single pose. I know that sounds a bit odd, but in being in the classroom, I felt obligated not to half-arse anything. It was definitely a new experience. I've since gone to two more meetings and plan to make this a weekly (perhaps more) class. Let me just say that tripod pose is intense. I'm easily the worst one in the class, but it's promising to know that I can only get better from here.
I also purchased a yoga dvd from Target, but I've yet to try it. I'll review it as soon as I do, though.
HIKING:Dunbar Cave is about ten minutes from campus and it have a very nice path through the woods and above the cave, along with a more challenging and uphill path. I've always tried the simple path, but I tried the more difficult one (and on a hot day) and WHOA. My mistake. I'll only be doing the longer path on cooler evenings. I enjoyed hiking, but to me, it's more of a way to relax and I really didn't like the huffing and puffing part of it. That being said, I'd have no trouble walking the steeper path with a friend, again, at a cooler time.
To me, this week was a turning point because I actually stuck with it. A lot of the time (more than I care to admit), I get all excited about something and just don't follow through. I think that I'm going to do yoga two or three times a week, rock-climb once or twice a week, and then try something new each week. I'm hoping that I can become a very well-rounded individual with my exercises so as not go grow bored.
I'm sorry for these crappy cell-phone photos, by the way. I feel creepy taking photos in the gym, so I just use my cellphone.