This year has been a crazy one for me especially within the last few months. With moving back to the states from Germany, buying a new house/car, starting my last semester of grad school, and training for a Half Ironman, I feel like I need a break from structured training. I have decided to do nothing triathlon related for a month. Yes, that means NO running, NO swimming, and NO cycling for a month. I’m already craving a run. I’m not really craving a pool session, but I’m sure that will come. 😉 I am still teaching spin once a week though because I have to, but other than that, I don’t see myself getting in a great sweat session outside on my bike.
A lot of triathletes do this, at least that I have seen on the blogs. I really feel like it is necessary for me as well. I NEED this break! That is why for this month, I have declared it: Change the Way You Move October!
I haven’t been able to try a lot of new workout classes and/or machines at the gym because I’m always running, cycling, or swimming aka training for my next race. And no, I’m not a workout fanatic that is happy working out for 5 hours a day. I want to get my workout done so I can get on with my life! I wanted to use this month to try some classes and change things up!
I thought it would be really cool to involve my blogging peeps as well so we can motivate ourselves into trying new ways of working out or go back to some old loves that we haven’t done in a while (Get your mind out of the gutter!).
Yesterday, mine was the elliptical. It had been over a year since I had stepped on one!
I looked like a total freak at the gym taking pictures of me on the elliptical, but hey, that is the life of a blogger, right? I was on there for an hour watching The View. It was quite an odd feeling to be watching TV while I was working out. Usually, I’m running or riding outside and swimming in the pool. Next week, I will be meeting with my old friend, the stair stepper, who I haven’t seen in a few years. I can’t wait!! I have a secret though: I used to like the elliptical more than running, and I don’t anymore! I really think that I have stepped to the dark side of running. 😉
Today, I took a yoga class inside an actual yoga studio! It was lot different than taking yoga at the gym. There was lots of chanting, breathing, and chaturangas (my arms may fall off later due to these). Let’s just say that I am the least hardcore in my class as far as the poses go. I have lots to learn even though I have been taking yoga for years. Apparently all those gym yoga session teachers have been holding out on a bunch of different moves. I must have tried 20 new moves today that I had no idea existed. I ended the class covered in sweat and shaking. Heck yes, I’m going back. 😉
I have decided that I like yoga with more of the spiritual facet tied in. I don’t like talking about religion on the blog, but I practiced Buddhism for a few months in college. Although I no longer practice, I really liked most aspects of Buddhism. Yoga at an actual yoga studio takes me back to those aspects.
I’m rock climbing this weekend (haven’t been in forever!) , and I really want to try Zumba next week (I haven’t tried it ever!). My goal will be to try a completely new class every week!
So, are you interested in accepting this challenge with me? My goal is to have at least one featured post a week from one of YOU guys about trying something new and OUT of YOUR COMFORT ZONE! If you want to be a featured “Change the Way You Move” Blogger, you just need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know you are interested. 😉
Are you going to try anything new this month that you have always wanted to try, but never had the guts to or were just too lazy to look up additional information about it?
P.S. The leaves are changing!!
P.S.S. Check out my guest post on Savvy Eats!!