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