In the last two weeks, I've realized something that I had sort of forgotten in the last few years - how important fitness is to my psychological health. With starting my new job, working out has become a much smaller and more unpredictable part of my day, a byproduct of a new commute and busier than usual days. And the first week, really, I barely worked out at all.
That's normal, of course, and getting comfortable and setting myself up for success in my new career role was priority numero uno. I tried to fit in some light strength work or random trial memberships at a nearby yoga studio and Equinox, the closest gym, but GOSH. It's been pretty messy. I haven't even been able to walk Minori as often.
I explained this in my last blog post, but the yoga studio I love isn't convenient to my commute to work, and there's not really anything else in the area that fits with what I love or need in a fitness routine. I gave YogaWorks a whirl, and while the studio was beautiful, I didn't feel connected to their style of teaching or classes. The closest spin studios are FlyWheel and SoulCycle. I'm going to give FlyWheel a try next week (never been!), but I'm a tiny bit skeptical because their class format sounds more competitive than the usual dance party-on-a-bike that I'm used to/crave. SoulCycle is most comparable to the spin studio I used to belong to in Newport, but their prices are insane, guys! I've only been to two of their classes... any Soul veterans out there? Can you convince me the price tag/threat of poverty from buying a pack of classes is worth it?
And running is amazing and free, and my first love, of course, but with the foot injuries I've had in the past, I cannot run every single day... especially on pavement. So......... yeah.
Anyways, back to my original point! Having to skip workouts (including sanity-saving yoga sessions) and not having a consistent routine has made me all sorts of off-balance. Working from home for the last few years and essentially creating my own schedule, where I could put my fitness needs as a top priority without batting an eyelash, made me forget how I feel when I can't consistently move my body and be active. And by active, I don't mean hustling to and from meetings during the work day. :) Spoiler alert - it doesn't feel good!
Basically, I feel like a hot mess.
Working out - whether it's a power yoga sesh, a run, a spin class, whatever - helps me find my center. It allows me to tune into my body and to my heart, and clear my brain from all the extra noise. As someone who thinks (and overthinks) a LOT, exercise has been my saving grace, and so much more than just a way to burn calories (something, quite honestly, I rarely think about anymore, though was a big concern when I was dealing with disordered eating in my early 20s).
So I NEED to figure out a routine, and join...... something! The gym, a studio.. I don't know. I'm at a loss right now, though, because I'm not sure what the best solution is that won't lock me into a year-long contract (just in case) or cause me to be broke because I've bought a 10-class pack at 30 different studios. Ya know?
Basic white girl struggles, I know, I know. It sounds ridiculous, that THIS is what I'm concerned about, but hoesntly, it's a lot better problem to mull over than the healthcare bill Congress drafted, or the other fun news happening these days. Am I right?
That being said, it's the freakin' (long) weekend baby (R.Kelly anyone?), and I'm ready to reeeeelax. I hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday!
Can you relate? Any suggestions for settling into a new fitness routine in an expensive city? I lived in D.C. and NYC, both very expensive, but yet never experienced this issue.