So, I have been aspiring to get more physically fit ever since I did my first ever Wolfrun, about four years ago. I have already been climbing back then for a bit, did some yoga practice at home and occasionally did a small arm or core workout, but everything was all over the place. I never really had a routine, and even though I could see a gradual change in my muscle tone every couple of months, it wasn’t significant. I think this is probably something most people that lead busy lifestyle can relate to really. Trying to find scheduled, routing time to exercise is not for all.
I believe that amongst many other things, moving to Canada will give me some valuable time for self-development and getting physically fit. I want to find what works for me when it comes to fitness, as the gym is not my thing at all.
I also began to believe that it is relevant to be flexible with exercise in terms of the time, the length you do it for, type of activity and intensity. There is no point putting yourself down for missing a run day or 30 min yoga session the one time you have set yourself to do so in the week. Sometimes, like tonight, I just feel too tired, and after a nice home-cooked dinner and a chat with my housemates, it’s already too late to try and sweat my ass out trying to do some type of core workout. Sometimes you have to let go of the disappointment of not being able to tick that box on your fitness goal list and be happy with many other small things you have achieved in the day. There is always another day.
Maybe 15 min yoga is an option 🤔.
Anyways, I want to get back into ok/good shape with running so I have strategically (not) have schedules myself to do at least 3 x runs of 5km every other week and 2 x 5km plus 1x 10km every other week as well. Again, sticking to being flexible I’ll have to work around my ever changing work time sheet to fit this in and other activities as well. I’m hoping to do another half marathon in a couple of months to give me something to work towards to (planning to run around Stanley park a couple of times so that should do it). I like giving myself goals as they help me push myself more to achieving them. Again I am pretty sure this is the same for most people and their fitness. If I don’t get it this time, there is always another month. It’s not like I’ve signed up to an actual event where I need to perform well.
I also want to mention that I found running through my previous relationship and this is something that I am grateful for, but, I sincerely got inspired by watching my previous manager and another colleague achieve some amazing things in running as this was their thing. I love meeting inspiring people as they can truly change your life around. I’ve met many runners since and we have quite a few in the climbing club in the UK, and I find all of them and their stories very inspiring.
I also continue to try and fit climbing/ bouldering once or twice a week, which I have been consistent within a past couple of months. After all, all the fitness stuff that I am trying to do is to make me better at climbing as this is the sport that I am very passionate about. This is why I am here in BC, I’m here for the mountains.
On top of this, I always check out my favourite fitness guru MadFit on YouTube for the latest “easy” workouts she uploads. Her style truly fit in with my strength, physical capability and lack of gym equipment (I literally just have 3 resistance bands), and she also does these pretty fun dance workouts which I enjoy. I am certainly not that good of a dancer so this is definitely just fun doing alone when no one is watching 😅 I’m sure my other half would have a nice laugh seeing my try to pull off some moves #robotdance. I try and do that twice a week if not more, normally in the evening or after morning Yoga session.
As for yoga, my top two channels on YouTube (if I’m not doing individual flow) are Yoga with Adrienne and Cat Meffan yoga instructor. Both are quite good for all levels of yoga, and they both have some lovely challenges they post regularly that you can fellow on daily bases if you have time. I have been practising more flows by Cat Meffan recently as I really like the way she focuses on the practice, movement and the inner self, and I definitely recommend checking her channel out if you want to get into your home practice a bit more.
After reviewing my recent performance a few times, I can honestly say that I am more of an evening workout person. My morning runs absolutely kill me, but AM yoga feels quite relaxing and wakening. I would probably prefer Yoga and exercise in the evening as I feel more flexible then, but I can’t do everything I want all at once so need to allocate my time tactically along with my work schedule and other activities I have planned for the week.
I also really need to find more time for writing, so like tonight I have binned off exercise as I really wanted to finish this post, and that makes me feel happy.