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Thursday, March 17, 2011

How I happily quit the gym!

O.k., I finally did it, I quit the gym! 

I’ve been threatening myself to do this but never got around to it.  Finally my gym membership ran out, thank god!  No more guilty feelings about not going, no more remorse over the wasted money!  YIPEEE!!!
Now to find something to replace the gym so that I don’t feel like a total slug!  What to do, what to do....

Well, since I have not been feeling super energetic lately I decided to try something a little different, Yoga.
Now, I know what some of you might be thinking but if you are willing to think outside the stereotype for a minute then read on.

I was worried the first day that I would be met by some guru who was wearing layers of yoga type clothing, many beads, rings and charms and reeking of incense.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a normal looking woman with normal looking men and women in the classroom.  Since this was a beginner yoga class I was praying that I would not feel like a total moron trying to do the various poses.  I don’t know if this is the 'norm' or if I lucked out but this was the most accepting, non-judgmental form of exercise I have ever engaged in, and yes, I did say exercise.  I went into Yoga thinking it would be similar to a group nap session!  Boy, was I wrong.  It is challenging and I worked muscles I never knew I had!  Not to worry though, I was able to enjoy a small group nap session at the end J

If you are interested in trying something different and have never done yoga I would recommend giving it a shot.  If you don’t feel relaxed and unintimidated then move onto a different studio until you find the right fit.  I am so glad I overcame my inhibitions and tried this.  I now am enjoying the days I have set aside to exercise instead of dreading them and best  of all, that little nap at the end!  Enjoy whatever you do J


  1. I have visions of sitting on the floor and never getting up..... :) I will pass...think now that the weather is better...walking is for me...will let you know how that turns out.

  2. I hope that goes well for you. I don't like gyms either. I walk - that really works for me - b'c I can do it anywhere and I LOVE being outdoors. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  3. Walking is also great. I moved recently so I no longer have my walking buddy :(
    My new walking buddies are my two dogs but the conversations are weak!