I cannot remember the last time I exercised. It’s been a month or two since I’ve done any yoga and walking any distance has resulted in shin splints and a sore back and hip. I know they’re just excuses and I’ve tried to tell myself a 5min walk is better than nothing, but I’ve struggled to convince myself.
I know that losing even a little bit of weight will help me feel more able to exercise but the food / exercise / dieting thing is a tangled mess in my mind. A few weeks ago I talked about trying to focus more on how I feel. Well, quite frankly I feel friggin’ unfit and unhealthy.
Which is why it’s almost like a Chrismukkah miracle that I have finally pushed myself to do something.
A personal trainer has set up in my yoga studio and is running group sessions. Although I’m a few years off it, I emailed to check if it was okay to go to the 50+ circuit class. (I explained I was probably more unfit than most 50 or 60 year olds, but my desperate pleas weren’t necessary as the trainer was very flexible on the age issue.)
And despite my antipathy… I went. And I survived! It was all a bit traumatic getting ready as it’s so long since I’ve needed one I realised none of my sports bras fit. And then I remembered I’d need to wear my contact lenses – for the first time in over a year!!! (And naturally I’d packed them away… somewhere….)
On arrival I felt obliged to apologise to the trainer for my pitiful level of fitness. (Although he could probably tell that from just looking at me). He was, however EXTREMELY encouraging. And, as I’m wont to do, despite my lack of fitness, I pushed myself fairly hard but not hard enough that I’m reticent to return.
Of course I’m now feeling very virtuous. Despite our stretching and warm down I know I’ll feel the after-effects in coming days, but it feels like a good start! I’m on a budget but thinking I can afford a couple of classes each week. Small steps and all that…
Have you had to push yourself to do something (you were reticent to do) recently?
Linking up with Trish from My Little Drummer Boys today for this (almost!!!) Wordless Wednesday post.