I went back to the gym on Tuesday for the first time in oh, 3 months. Actually I’m sure it was closer to 4 months, but like not quite being 40 years-old, it still feels better for me to say “I’m in my late 30’s” rather than “I’m almost 40.” So it’s been like, say, 3 months since I was there. Indulge me.
Anyway, the gym is located in the same building complex as my office. I had been setting aside time to go over around lunch, but it just hadn’t been happening for reasons starting with the word “too”: too many meetings, too much work, too many urgent projects, too many people to worry about, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately, I’ve started leading too sedentary of a lifestyle as I work in front of a computer or sit in meetings all day and then go home and begin writing at night. My moment of reckoning came when I was out of breath, trudging up the big pile of sand last week. I decided I needed to reclaim my health again.
I decided to ease my way back in by starting with a Sports/Power Yoga class. I used to attend this and another yoga class twice a week. I knew it would be a good way to exercise some muscle and flexibility without keeling over from doing some overenthusiastic “I’m back and ready to go!” Type-A cardio routine. Now, if you don’t think you can get a good workout with yoga, or that it’s all about relaxing your thumb for 60 minutes, you should try this type. It ain’t easy, but I love it. Love. It. I can still feel the effects today.
This is kind of how it went:
Susan reaches down to touch her toes, and presses her nose to her knee. Later she does a Downward Facing Dog. A lot of down dogs.
Inner Peace Angel: Oooh, look you can still touch your toes! And you can place your hands and heels flat on the mat. You haven’t lost your flexibility! You go, girl!
Reality Devil: Are those more spider veins? Where did that bruise come from? Hey, nice pedicure… How long do I have to hold this freakin’ pose?
Susan strikes the pose of Upward Facing Dog.
Inner Peace Angel: Feel that back stretch!
Reality Devil: My back, my back! I’m losing sensaaation…
Susan does a set of Warrior poses.
Inner Peace Angel: You are strong!
Reality Devil: Your muscles are shaking. That can’t be good.
Susan relaxes in the Child’s pose.
Inner Peace Angel: Oh, yeah.
Reality Devil: My face is pressed into a mat used by thousands of sweaty people before me.
Class is done.
Inner Peace Angel: Namaste.
Reality Devil: Man, I needed that.