I’m sitting here with an immense sinus headache and an Icy-Hot on my shoulder because I pinched a nerve while stretching.
Talk about a wake-up call.
So I’ve been spending a bit of time trying to figure out what kind of exercise regime I wanted; something I can do at home, doesn’t require a lot of equipment and isn’t that far from where I live since I’m not driving yet. When I was here last, I went to an awesome Yoga studio and took an Ashtanga Yoga class which I couldn’t stop talking about. It’s more aerobic than the Hatha yoga I’ve taken in the past, and I preferred that since it would help me build my muscles faster, and allow me to focus on what I’m doing . I have a very active mind, constantly thinking, so anything slow paced is just another opporunity for me to think and daydream. Participating in faster paced activity won’t allow me to really daydream – or at least I hope so.
Taking care of my body is something I overlook constantly. It’s easy – I don’t have any chronic pains that constantly draw attention to my lifestyle, or make me painfully aware of how fragile my body really is. When I stopped doing yoga in my spare time, my body almost immediately started to shut down, reverting back to its original, flabby state. A few weeks ago, I ran down the street to catch my bus and when I got to the stop to realize it wasn’t even the right one, I was light-headed and about to vomit. I chalked it up to a lousy bowl of cereal posing as my breakfast, but I couldn’t ignore the fact that I hadn’t been exercising for months.
At the yoga studio I found, a 30 day pass costs $100, which is pretty decent if I make the effort to go frequently. And it excites me because I’m looking forward to having a schedule, for establishing a routine of things I enjoy doing. And consistency is another thing I need to work on since it’s easy for me to become distracted by other very unproductive things like sleeping all day, or rereading old manga chapters for Bleach.
Exercise is an active, constant choice to bring positive change to your life. And it’s important to start those habits early instead of when my body is slowing falling to pieces from neglect. And I can’t wait to get started.