This month has started with a bang. Having to commit to at least 30 mins of physical activity everyday has left little time to ‘sit and think on it,’ but rather I’ve just jumped in with both feet!
It’s funny, I read Meagan’s post from yesterday and she is so plan-ful (is that even a word???) about these things; whereas, I’m not so much. At times I appreciate my more laissez faire approach to our monthly challenges, and then at other times (ie. when I’m tired and have absolutely no idea how I’m going to accomplish our challenge), I wish I had embraced more strategy and less scrambling.
As for this month, surprise surprise, I don’t have much of a plan. Yet, as Meagan mentioned, we have signed up for a 5km run at the end of the month. Now, I’m not completely clueless; I do have the awareness to know that I should get my butt out running before June 28th, otherwise it will be a horrendous experience. So, I do plan to get out and walk/run 3 days per week.
Other than the running, my hope is to try a variety of physical activities. I want to challenge myself to try some new things, get out of my comfort zone a bit (for the record, the 5km run is waaaay out of my comfort zone!), and see if I genuinely enjoy any of my new fitness adventures. I’m hoping to shift my recent attitude of dreading exercise back to my previous acceptance and, at times, enjoyment of an active lifestyle.
On my last post, I realized (after actually posting it of course!) that I forgot to report on my first two days of physical activity. So, tonight I will catch y’all up on what I’ve been doing for the past 4 days:
- June 1st: I went to a Sunday morning yoga class. Remember that punch card I purchased waaaaay back in January, from It’s Just Yoga? Yeah well, here’s where my honesty comes in: I’m ashamed to say I’ve only been to yoga 1x since January. That is, until Sunday! The class was a calming, non-intimidating way to ease myself back into exercise. This is not to say it wasn’t challenging… The best part was when the Johanna, the yoga instructor, exclaimed, “I was waiting for you to come back! So great to see you!”
- June 2nd: 5 km walk with Meagan. You’ve already read about this so I won’t say too much about it, except that it was a really nice evening and a great couch-free way to catch up with each other 🙂
- June 3rd: 1 hour of wall climbing at the YWCA in the new South Health Campus hospital. Yesterday, my team at work had our annual Team Day, which is a day focused on individual and team wellness. It was loads of fun, and as part of the day we were given the option to participate in either a yoga class or wall climbing. This was my opportunity to try something new and to challenge myself. Now, to be fair, I have tried wall climbing and outdoor rock climbing once before, but this was many years ago and wasn’t the best experience. I needed to try again and create a more restorative/positive experience. To fill you in: I am afraid of heights. I also get motion sickness very easily. Despite this, I signed all the waivers and embarked on my vertical trek. For the first climb I was very nervous. Okay, perhaps, it is more accurate to say anxious. Halfway up the route, I meekly called out “I’m scared…” Then, I looked down – BAD IDEA. I breathed my way through my fear and uncertainty and completed the climb. At the top, I had to let go and drop down to the floor (hooked onto a belay rope of course!). More anxiety. Big breath… whoosh. I made it to the floor unscathed. A few minutes to calm down, and I wanted to go again. And again, and again. My initial fear quickly turned into curiosity, fun, and pride for embracing a challenge. I loved it!!!
- Today: I got outside and did some gardening. Between raking, weeding, digging tree wells and hauling around bags of soil, it is hard work! I love the chance to just get outside and dig around in my back yard 🙂
Because my fitness plan is pretty minimal, if you have any suggestions for physical activities for me to try, please tell me. I’d love to hear your ideas!