Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Getting in Shape: 5K & Hot Yoga

In an effort to keep myself busy while Tomas is out of town, I've started training for a 5K that will happen at the end of the month. I've been following the Couch-to-5K running plan, which alternates walking and jogging until you're in shape to run the 3.1 miles. I hate doing exercise, I'm only two weeks in and  I still haven't felt an ounce of those endorphins everyone raves about. Two weeks into training  and all I feel is pain all over my body but at least my running is getting better. As an exercise hater, I've found the  Couch-to-5K App from The Active Network, to be super helpful in getting me motivated since it integrates my running  playlist and notifies me when to switch between walking and running.

Also on my schedule for this week was the beginning of Hot Yoga. A really cool hot yoga studio, Kenwood Hot Yoga, opened this week and they are offering a free week of yoga classes, so I decided to give it a try. Yoga has always been something I've been interested in trying since it's a low impact exercise that has been recommended for arthritis patients. I've been to two classes and I think I've found a new love.

My first hot yoga class was yesterday and I felt like I was going to die! Hot yoga is definitely the most physically demanding thing I've ever done with my body. About thirty minutes in I felt like I was going to toss my cookies, so I laid down for a while. Surprisingly, after class I felt energized and the next morning I didn't wake up in crazy pain like I do after running or Zumba or any other type of exercise. I did much better today at my second class. Following the suggestions of a few friends, I drank lots of water during the day but didn't drink any during class. I also spent the whole class completely concentrated on having deep even breathes instead of trying to perfect the poses and I think that really helped. I signed up for a thirty day yoga challenge where I will be doing yoga everyday until November 1.

I'm super excited about getting my health back on track, it's something I've been meaning to do since forever and I'm happy I finally found the time and motivation. Now, if I could just stick to my diet....

I'd appreciate any advice about getting back in shape. I need all the help I can get!

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