As I recently posted, I have been fairly lax at going to the gym lately. Well, this week, the change happens! I have made a plan to get back into shape, no excuses whatsoever. It may have been ambitious of me to try and start back at lunch last week- our office was finishing up renovations and everything was still in flux. However, we are settled now, and it’s time to make it a priority!
I plan on leaning more on fitness classes at the gym for the next little while. For the next two weeks, there are still only two classes that I can go to at lunch. In addition to yoga on Wednesday and Zumba on Thursday, I will either walk or run at the gym on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. I’m also going to try and do ten minutes of yoga on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights! No, that’s not a ton of time but my muscles don’t seem to be bouncing back as quickly as I like. I am currently feeling like I might give Adriene’s 30 day challenge at some point in the fall to kick start my motivation. After those two weeks, there are two yoga classes and two Zumba classes a week, so I think that those will be my focus in September and October!
Ballet starts in the second week of September, so stretching every day is mandatory. I’ve noticed in the two times I’ve done yoga this week that my muscles are tight and upset, so I need to try and get back on top of that. I have a regular height office chair, so I’m going to start working office chair yoga into my day if possible. And even though it’s a bit of a change as of late, I’m really trying to hit those 250 steps an hour on Fitbit- I need to get up and keep moving instead of being stuck in the same position for two hours. My hips are so tight and my arthritis is unhappy. I need to work with myself, not against myself! My knees really made it difficult for me to exercise and generally move in August, and I am determined that September will not be a repeat. I’ve worn my knee brace a few times now- huge difference. It’s taking a little getting used to but overall 95% less pain already. It’s funny how such a small thing like a swollen tendon can affect you in such large ways.
Now is the time to take care of me- I’ve been taking care to stretch as often as I can, drink as much water as I can (to keep muscles hydrated), and to get as much sleep as I can. Sure, I might be an old lady going to bed at 930 PM, but it is making a difference in my well-being. I’m slowly making sure that I’m eating more healthy food, and easing back on the junk food. I find snacking on junk food all too easy at work, so I’m staying loaded up on tea to keep myself occupied.
This is been rather stream-of-consciousness and rambly, so I will summarise my fall fitness plans!
1. Yoga- 10 minutes daily
2. Stretching- 20 minutes 3-4 days a week
3. Gym classes- All yoga and Zumba classes offered
4. Walking- Keep moving and meet 250 step per hour targets
5. Food- Limit snacking and stay hydrated
What helps you refocus on your fitness goals? Feel free to ask me about my plan and how my fall fitness is coming along- it will keep me honest!