A friend recently asked me how often I work out. My answer? About everyday. My choice of activity, whether it’s a three-hour mountain bike ride or 15- minutes of sun salutations, is not inspired by getting in shape, but to feel good inside-out.
When you tend to sway towards feeling what I call “crummy” (others call it melancholia) making the effort of being active, let alone getting out of bed, can a challenge. Everyday may be overdoing it for some, but for me, it’s best if I strive to workout, move around, exercise, get outside, do something daily, even if it doesn’t happen. Even when I was raising my son on my own, I’d sneak in something everyday even if it was yoga at 11 pm. When I shoot for about everyday, I start to feel normal. The fit bod bennie is just the icing on the cake.
Self-care and nurturing isn’t one of my strong points. The days I take off from exercise are equally as important as the workouts. I often sit myself down like I would a friend and ask what can I do to make myself feel good. I’ve always envied those people who could be good and decadent to themselves. It’s taken me some time and letting go, but now I have to say I’m pretty good at it. I indulge in Himalayan salt baths as I watch Gilmore Girls or Outside TV on my laptop. Pho noodle soup at my favorite Vietnamese eatery after a hard workout. Or a chocolate cupcake with buttercream icing from a local cupcake shoppe.
My About Everyday posts will chronicle the variety of workouts and classes I attend on a regular basis. I’ll also explore sports that I’ve always wanted to try mastering, the culture surrounding the fitness world, the art of mastering self-care, and the great athletes, instructors, and pals who inspire me in my athletic renaissance. It’s all about every day and having fun at the same time. I hope my writing resonates with you and adds inspiration and motivation to your every day!