Exercise

I’m in England for one final week. We’ll have been away for a month total, which isn’t long, but it’s long enough to disrupt the routine set at home. Which is also fine, but it sucks when you’ve worked really hard to establish a five-day-a-week 6am workout schedule.

Before we left, I signed up for a Beachbody on Demand account, which one of my gym teachers recommended. I’ve been streaming videos and exercising when I can — somewhat awkwardly in small bedrooms — throughout our trip. Paris was a bust, though — trying to exercise and eat well there was impossible.

Early on our trip, I focused on intense cardio and ab routines, but this week, I’ve been doing a 40-minute PiYo workout, and I love it. And it surprises me, because beyond the combination of pilates and yoga, I actually had no idea what PiYo was, and didn’t think to try a class at our gym, and now I’ve looked forward to doing it each day. My body responds to it. It feels good, despite being really challenging at times.

It’s a nice feeling — to crave exercise again. After a string of post-marathon injuries in my mid-twenties, that desire to physically push my body disappeared, and I stopped running long distances. Eventually, I stopped running, period. I was never a traditionally athletic person, so running was all I had.

I’m happy to have found a new outlet.

9 thoughts on “Exercise”

  1. Working out while traveling is so difficult ~ I fail at it most of the time, but when grounded in one place I’m quite good at getting in good workouts. As a guy, nothing quite feels like a good, physical workout – whether at the gym or playing ball…but I tried yoga a while ago and my body seems to thank me after every yoga session. Not quite sure what pilates is, but maybe someday after I perfect my yoga ~ which has quite a ways to go still 🙂
    Wish you a great ’16 ~ continued success with writing & also evolving with your Tiny House project. Cheers!

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  2. I’m always amazed at how easy it is, when I travel (or, okay, when I take a week off to sit around eating cheese and drinking wine in the name of Christmas), to slip out of a routine that seems so established and essential at home. Glad you found something to fill that exercise space. Hope it was a good trip! Next time we’re in the same country we should have a beer if we can.

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      1. Oh man, I know that feeling – whenever we visit CA it always feels like we’re rushing around trying to fit everything in, even though they’re such relatively long visits. Happy new year to you guys too!

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  3. I vaguely remember exercise as something from my dim and distant past. You’re setting a much better example to the world than I am, I think. It’s great that you have found something you enjoy doing that keeps you fit and healthy. Incidentally, I think I may once have had pilates, but I bought a cushion and I’m okay now.

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