As you may have deduced from my post earlier (thanks for all the amazeballs comments, as usual!) – I’ve been in a bit of a funk on the workout front.
There are may reasons.
1. I’ve been busy as hell.
2. I’ve been exhausted.
3. I can’t schedule my life right now, which means I can’t plan to run any races, which means no training.
4. I’m currently ill.
5. I just haven’t felt like working out.
There have been a few pathetic attempts at working out, but my heart just hasn’t been in it and as I said this morning, forcing myself to workout when I don’t want to or to feel guilt about not wanting to isn’t an option for me.
Still, I believe that exercise is good for mind, body and soul and I’d like to find something that works for me right now.
Lately my workout loves have mainly been running sprinkled with a little bit of Body Pump when it fits into my schedule.
I still like both of those things, but lately haven’t been feeling them as much and I’ve been craving yoga.
My body responds well to yoga for many reasons.
1. I have the tightest hamstrings on the planet Earth and yoga is the only thing that helps loosen them up.
2. I’m a crazy stress ball most of the time, and yoga makes me a happier person.
3. I sleep better when I practice regularly.
4. I’m not going to lie – I don’t hate the way yoga makes me look. I like the lean, sculpted results and my arms usually turn into baller guns after a few weeks. Just sayin’.
So, you may be wondering, if yoga is so amazing then why aren’t you doing it all the time?
Well, it all comes back to that pesky budget.
Yoga is ca-razy expensive.
I can’t practice properly at home – I need a studio complete with mood lighting, patchouli, lulling music, a couple hippies and a helpful instructor.
So in order to get my yoga on, I have to shell over criminal amounts of cash in order to so.
Currently, all of my workout moneys are going to my gym.
I have a great gym that I really enjoy, but lately I just haven’t felt like going there. I feel guilty about spending money on something and not utilizing it, which means increased stress levels.
So, I’m thinking about cancelling my gym membership and signing up for a month of unlimited yoga.
I will still end up spending about $45 more than I would if I just kept the gym membership – $80 a month for yoga (at the only studio that I like that’s in a convenient location) versus $35 for the gym - but at least it’s something I think I’ll actually feel like doing and will rejuvinate my workout spirits.
I still intend to run outside and do strength workouts from home, so my fitness won’t really suffer – I’ll just be kind of sad to leave my gym behind. I have gym buddies and I’ll miss the treadmill option on rainy or windy days.
I hope I’m making the right decision, and that my gym doesn’t charge me hundreds of dollars to cancel my membership (I don’t think I signed a contract and I’ve been there for over a year so hopefully that won’t be the case).
I probably won’t be able to start the yoga until I’m healthified (got the doc to call me in some meds, so shouldn’t be long) and done with this crazy week of business travel but then I’m pretty excited to get my om on
How do you allocate your workout budget (if you have one)? Gym membership? At-home workouts? Yoga or pilates studio?
Any money-saving tips or fun, affordable workouts to share?