Om and Quitting the Gym

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t…snap at their students.

Little Miss Runshine’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge is going to be on like donkey kong. I checked out these six dvds from the Boston Public Library today to get ready for the September 1st start.

I hope that doing yoga DVDs and classes regularly for a month will:

a) keep me calm in and out of the classroom

b) undo some of my running-related inflexibility

c) serve as a good alternative to the gym, because calm and saving $ > calm

Jess (Little Miss Runshine) and I joined Boston Sports Clubs about a year ago. Initially, I thought I’d go to group exercise classes as well as avail myself of the various cardio machines and weights. I like the great selection of gym locations near my home and work, but I’m not using the gym’s facilities and classes to the best of their potential. I have been to a grand total of two group exercise classes (one spinning and one vinyasa yoga) during the past year, have ventured into the weights section only a few times, and have probably spent most of my gym time either foam rolling or on a treadmill. Thus, the cost per visit is probably $$$$ rather than my initial vision of $. The math teacher in me cringes at this.

It’s time to put that $$$$ toward a more financially sound way of workin’ on my fitness! I now own a way better foam roller than those at the gym. Running outside is free, and I can embrace my inner New Englander by running in winter weather. Yes, I am saying this as the heat of summer gives way to leaf-peeping season and idyllic fall running weather. I promise not to clamor for the comforts of a Precor treadmill + tv once the first snowflake falls.

Additionally, differentiation suits fitness just as well as it does instruction. If a snow day or a want-something-different-from-running day happens, there are still the options of:

  • soul.train personal training, yoga, zumba, BPM, Crazy 8’s, or indoor boot camp
  • Zuzana Light ZWODs and ZWOWs
  • Workout DVDs (Jillian Michaels, Jackie Warner, Exhale Core Fusion yoga, pilates)
  • Swimming at JFK pool
  • Pinterest workouts

What yoga DVDs, classes, or non-gym workouts do you recommend?

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