I am as lazy as it gets when it comes to exercising. I can come up with a thousand excuses to avoid a workout, which is ridiculous, because when I get into it, I just LOVE IT. The problem is that I’m not consistent so I stop, and it takes me months to go back to it.
Last year I got into running, and I talked about it here. I still love it, but I stopped so now it’s taking me forever to put on my running shoes again. But don’t worry, I just ordered a new pair so no more excuses for me.
Two of my favorite workouts are yoga and pilates. I actually don’t like to call them workouts because I love them, so they don’t seem like “work” but what it’s work is making it to the studio and park, which is mission impossible in San Francisco. So there is my excuse to not go. Anyways, I’ve always been the kind of person who needs to go to a class and exercise with weights, do squats, push ups, etc, and dismissed yoga without even trying, until I gave it a chance and really enjoyed it. The problem with yoga is that there are different practices so you should pick one or two that you enjoy, and you should also find the right teacher because it makes a big difference. I personally love any flow yoga such as Hatha flow, Vinyasa, or even Bikram which isn’t a flow kind of workout but it is in like 100 degree temperature and it’s supposed to be good for you. I need to do something that makes me move, if not I feel like I didn’t do anything at all.
On the other hand Pilates is incredible. You can find the pilates mat and the reformer, which is the one I love. The reformer is the one with the machines that you have to adjust and there’s also the wall tower. Pair these two with a private instructor and you’ll be in heaven. The problem is that, as you can tell, this gets pretty pricey but if you can give it a try, please do so. It’s incredible.
As of now I’m into Piyo, which is a new workout by Chalene Johnson and released by Beachbody, so it comes in the form of DVDs. It’s a combination of pilates and yoga, it’s low impact and you use your own weight to sculpt your body. I’ve been doing the DVDs at home for the last three weeks, and so far so good. They are pretty easy and not hard on yourself. Granted, I haven’t really followed the workouts according to the schedule, but I’ll keep doing them and see how it goes. I’ve also heard that the first four weeks are easy but the next four are more intense.
What’s your favorite workout? Do you go to the gym or exercise at home/outdoors?