- The yoga studio is 25min away from home, 25min away from work, with 45min between work and home. So for my usual Wednesday night yoga class, I have to find something to do for a couple hours between work and yoga because going home is just a waste of gas and time. And the between time can't be a waste of money by shopping or eating out. I think I have some good things in place to deal with that, just have to maintain the habits.
- If I'm not going to attend the yoga studio's pilates classes, I do know enough to do a workout on my own; I just lack the self-motivation to actually do a full workout by myself. Gotta work on that.
- I have Wii Fit, but it just annoys me; a friend offered to let me try Wii Active, so I might find it to be a good purchase later on down the road. It might provide the strength training I'm looking for, maybe even pilates?
- As for the possibility of using a gym, I have two concerns: money and time/logistics. I tend to prefer working out in the morning, at home, so I can get showered/changed/fed before heading to work. Not a huge fan of using gym facilities to prepare for work, but work clothes tend to be casual and I will consider a gym membership later in the year if the need is warranted and everything else falls into place. Again, there aren't too many that are local to home, but probably a few near work so I can consider those too.
- We have an elliptical machine in the bedroom; if any of you have ever kept workout equipment in your bedroom before, you can probably envision the massive amounts of clothing and shoes that have collected on and around it that make it ("it" being a substitute piece of furniture) a big pain to use. However, we have a TV/DVD player upstairs so I am quite at home hopping on the elliptical for some time while zoned out with some movie or show. Able-Bodied Boyfriend's work schedule is such that I wake up to work out before him during three seasons of the year, but in the summer he's up before me. So, the elliptical tends to be my summer rainy-day morning workout, but can really only be used evenings/weekends any other time of year.
- And speaking of his schedule, that whole travel thing, again, gets me all out of whack. I have trouble maintaining routines when he's away, so I might have to post more often so that my readership can act as surrogate encourager/challenger/accountability officer.
- Last major challenge to various avenues of working out: I have pigment dispersion syndrome. This means that I have cells in my eye that float around and get all worked up when I do anything high impact. If I do too much high-impact exercise, they can float back into my eye and cause glaucoma (ie, blindness). So.... as much as I would love to join all my friends/family who run and do 5ks and 10ks and triathlons... sorry. I can handle a bit of jogging, but I'd rather not go blind. For anyone who does run/jog/other high-impact sports, especially men between 20 and 40 years of age, I highly recommend making sure you go to your annual eye exams just to make sure you know you don't have it. The onset for glaucoma is pretty quick, so you might not know until it's too late. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 30% of those with the syndrome develop glaucoma.