I have never done well attending cardio workout 'classes'. I don't do well attending any 'workout' class actually. I never have. And that includes yoga 'classes'. You are getting the drift that if there is a 'class', I will be passing by the window but not inside.
I think in honoring our bodies entirely, we need to really pay attention and tune into what our bodies respond to. And give our bodies what they need!
I personally really connect with outdoor exercising on my own watch, floor stretches with a view of greenery (some form of nature) or pilates on a reformer (w/ an instructor of course). And I really like to workout alone or with one another person but not in groups. Working out has always been my time to unwind and process.
I also like the freedom that outdoor exercise brings (and stretching, pilates, etc.) as you can do it anywhere - for free. And it's a great choice of movement when you are traveling.
My workouts through the years consisted of long distance running and as mentioned, pilates on a reformer. I absolutely felt free when I would wake up each & every morning around 5:30am and hit the lake in Chicago. I'd run along the water for 7-8 miles each morning. It energized me. And it wasn't unusual if the same day, I would throw my jogging shoes in my car and in between calling on physicians and hospitals, I might do another quick run at lunch. I had to literally monitor my running so I didn't run 'too much' each day b/c I liked to run when I got home too. I absolutely LOVED it! This girl has had a love for running since about the age of 12.
Walking had to replace running after health woes.
And what I am learning is that if you don't have the budget for pilates, spending considerable amount of time stretching is an amazing toner. Anywhere you are whether that be at home, a local park, the gym, etc., lying down and just stretching in whatever way your body wants to go feels - to me - like a form of meditation. It is my meditation. And it feels so crazy good. What I wasn't expecting was that stretching for long periods each day in various poses, majorly tones you.
What exercise does your body crave? Exercising is form of self love. And I actually think 'movement' heals as it stirs the lymph system, wakes up organs, muscles, tendons, nerves and hormones. It's one of the best things we can do for our bodies.
It's summer, get out there and move!
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