I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never been a very active person. I absolutely hate working out and I think gyms are torture chambers. But I’m slowly changing my thinking as I start to explore fitness for the first time in my life. Growing up, I played outside just like every other kid and I even ran track in middle school and was a cheerleader in high school, but after that, the only part of my body that got a work out was my liver.
Cut to 2019, I’m officially in my 30s and not able to get away with sitting on my ass all day and not looking like it. Plus everyone should do their best to be healthy and I certainly was not. So I decided one of my goals for 2019 was going to be to find a workout I actually like, which is definitely going to be a mission given I loathe working out–or so I thought. My plan was to try one new work out per month.
I’ve always enjoyed going on walks when it’s nice out and taking some time to relax and let go with yoga every now and then. The level of yoga I was used to practicing before I started my fitness journey is not anything someone could consider “working out.” But I think that’s why I liked it. It was easy, and more like stretching than anything else. But even though it wasn’t really a workout, that experience did prepare me for my first class of 2019: hot yoga power flow.
I went to Highland Yoga and I absolutely loved it. I feel like I’m really getting a good workout, but I also feel like I can keep up and I’m more comfortable that I would be in any other kind of work out class since I had done yoga before. It’s been so great! I’ve gone consistently for over a month now and I’m actually really excited to continue.
Since I ended up liking it so much, I’ve decided to stick to my goal of trying one new work out per month, but I will just add that work out on top of going to yoga 1-2 times a week. I’m doing that through ClassPass, which could not be more perfect for my situation! ClassPass is an app that lets you try hundreds of classes at gyms all over the country. Atlanta has a ton on there, including gym access if I ever feel like just going to a gym (we’ll work our way up to that – ha!). It’s honestly amazing and definitely the best way to try out a bunch of different workouts, or even a bunch of different studios if you’re new to an area. And for me, it’s perfect for travel because I can go to classes no matter where I am!
So my new work out for January was hot power yoga and then in February I tried spin for the first time. I definitely liked power yoga better, but it was nice to get in some cardio. Any suggestions for March?! I’m so excited to share my fitness journey here with all of you. Not only will it help me keep myself accountable, but I’ll also be able to start a new category of content as I grow and advance. I would also love any advice, recommendations, or whatever from you! Whether you’re a fitness pro or a newbie like me. Let the athleisure shopping begin!