Is usually at a standstill.
And it is also synonymous with how most people view their relationship with working out.
ME + YOGA = MOST PEOPLE + FITNESS
Let me tell you why.
Things I know about Yoga and how it will benefit me:
- Improves flexibility
- Builds strength
- Improves posture
- Allows joints to move through their full range of motion
- Improves balance in the body
- Strengthens bones
- Gets your blood flowing
- Helps the lymphatic system fight infections and dispose of toxic waste
- Helps lower blood pressure (not that I have high blood pressure)
- Lowers cortisol levels (tons of good things come from this)
- Improves happiness levels (on the flip side, decreases depression)
- Lowers blood sugar
- And chills you out man!
(courtesy of http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1634)
So, I know yoga can do all this amazing stuff for me. Especially because I am not a stretchy or flexible person. So why am I not hitting up the yoga classes all the time!?
Well this is why:
- It is hard
- I can’t do a lot of the poses
- It hurts
- My body says no, no, no!
- Holding certain stretches for long periods of time is very difficult
- I feel intimidated by the other class attendees
- I hate downward dog
- I seem to be doing fine without it
- Out of the 4 sessions I’ve ever done – I felt like a failure and didn’t want to go back
Sounds like reasons a lot of people have for not working out or going to the gym. Actually, before I even started out working out consistently – the above reasons were often my excuses for not working out. And these are valid reasons and fears are they not?
More often than not we know when things are good or bad for us and depending on our level of motivation behind what we know will determine whether or not we act on what we know. How many people know smoking is bad for them, yet continue to do it? It is just part of of human nature.
The key here is motivation. Motivation drives us to act on what we know. Right now my motivation for working out is a 10. Right now my motivation for yoga is probably a 3. But, because I know yoga needs to be a part of my life, and I need to start now, I have made a goal to start going 1-2 times a week. And hopefully in a few weeks, or months, that 3 will turn to a 7! And one day I’ll actually be able to touch my toes.
I have been trying to get myself excited about yoga for months! When my interest first started, Sam didn’t want me buying a yoga mat because he said it would just sit in a corner and never get used. I told him it wouldn’t. But . . . it DID sit in the corner more than it should have. (I don’t feel bad though because I found a mat at TjMaxx for under $10 🙂 )
All in all I think I have used my yoga mat 4 times for its actual intended purpose. Today was the 4th time. It was hard, but I’ll be going back. How could I not, the classes on base are free! So here’s to trying something new and challenging this year.