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.