Make no mistake about it…when I lift, I lift heavy…and I go hard. I will always smile and laugh, and say hello to friends, but I don’t go to the gym to socialize. I don’t go to make a point, or make a scene, or waste my time.
I go to work.
For most of us (much to the sometimes incomprehension of others), working out isn’t just about the physical – we aim to achieve a level of physical fitness, absolutely. But a huge part of it is done for our minds, our spirit, and our emotional wellbeing. Working out is an incredibly effective “release” of stresses that we all carry with us each day.
I am waiting on hearing about the date for a promotion in Taekwondo, and it’s been weighing on me somewhat. The date has fluctuated a few times, leaving many of us in limbo. We (many of us, at least) train with the expectation of achieving and being better with each day – so technically, you could throw a test at us and we should be prepared, 2nd degree black belt or otherwise.
But I moved and am having to train solo right now…so the not knowing, and needing to plan around it has me a wee bit frazzled. In this case, one of the best things to do is continue with my regular workouts – it keeps me fit and flexible…and I don’t just mean in my body!
While I am eager to start a new discipline (for various reasons, including injuries, Taekwondo is no longer as ideal for me), I want to stay focused on what I need to know to ensure it is done properly, and to the best of my ability. As a result, I am deliberately holding off on a new Martial Art until my goal has been achieved.
That said…I NEED something. I need to have something beyond hauling iron (which I love, of course!) I like to do activities that are different and challenging – run of the mill has never been my thing. And so I snooped around and, rather to my delight, found an Aerial Yoga studio not too far away (some call it Anti-Gravity Yoga.)
I’ve tried a few varieties of Yoga and never found my “click.” Is it good for me? 1,000%. But none were the right fit… Knowing the benefits in flexibility, for one thing, I was always a little bit sad I didn’t take to it. Then again, where I’m from, it tends to be a “trendy” thing, and perhaps that turned me off too. It was more about the leggings you had on, and the place you had in the room (as if it was claimed as your own in stone.) Not for me, and totally defeating the purpose of the practice.
Well…I went into Aerial Yoga (done with a fabric hammock) with an open mind, and fell in love immediately. I signed up for another class already and I can’t wait to go back. The ladies – literally ranging from tween to 50’s – were LOVELY , and it was just the hour and a half of peace and inner reflection I needed (plus some physical challenges and PHENOMENAL stretches!)
I had the most wonderful time and it is a happy reminder that we NEED activity, and we should do it for US.
For that second reason only, we should also have a ball doing it! It doesn’t have to be treacherous or miserable.
If the fit isn’t there, that’s OKAY! There are so many disciplines – in Yoga, in Martial Arts, in dance, in lifting… SO many options, surely there is something that will give you a lift (no pun intended!) each day. That’s what it is about at the end of the day!