….someone told me once, and i got offended. See even though I strive to reach active nirvana and be wholly and totally complete with my method of exercise for the rest of my life, I just don’t work like that in any part of my life, let alone this. So even though my snap response was something along the lines of “I could stick to it if i wanted to” *tongue out* *nanner nanner booboo*, deep down and forever since, I’ve realized I have a time period on my exercise regimes.
I just get so bored! I need constant and new stimulation and cause to get out there and get it done. I’m not okay with the half hour treadmill, half hour weights ALL the time. Rewind to my 40 days straight of yoga program completed with flying colours, success, relief, cause for celebration, aaaaaaand I’ve been back how many times since?
But there’s two things through this that I’ve learned. That a) Lo-and-Behold, THIS is okay! It’s not FAILURE to need new stimuli and not stick to the same hobby, to not wanna do the same thing over and over. And b) that cross-training is a crucial part of the industry whether you’re a yoga teacher or a personal trainer or just a Jo Blo like me, and actually works out more positively for your body in the long run, to keep incessantly challenging it.
Well when I was in highschool I started running, until one day I was half way to the local store where my pit stop was and I stopped and thought “what the hell am I running towards?” and turned around and walked home. I almost never ran again. I’ve also been in this city for almost 9 years now and never redeveloped running as part of my regime, despite having so much natural space to do so, until last month. Now, nearing my point I swear, it was my birthday and my gorgeous husband, knowing that with anything I go balls out or nothing at all, bought me the most amazing little present.
The Nike+Ipod app on my new iPhone 3Gs is just a dream come true for anyone who runs as part of exercise (whether marathoning or, ahem, semestering). Nike has shoes with the built in sensor, but, as in my case, the sensor when purchased, just links into your shoe laces. From there you can customize your run whether it’s distance, calories burned, time ran, or a completely open ended workout. A voice, and a rather pleasant one at that, in your ear and over your music, will tell you periodically where exactly in your workout you are, and go over your statistics with you so you can hear how many calories you’ve burned, how long you have to go or, as is important to me, see if you’re keeping a steady pace. You can then compare all your runs by date to see how you progress, and find tons of useful stuff to do with your track records online as well! This little tool really takes the guess work out of running so that when you go for a run, all you have to do, is go for a run, and have a scary little computer take care of the dirty work for you.
Now go get a Nike+iPod fixture, then go immediately to bravehound.com and download his *sputters for proper words*, INSPIRING ‘Glory Afternoon’ mix (literally, the ONLY thing i’ve listened to for the last WEEK, everybody NEEDS it), and I think you’ll find a little more motivation to get there. All you have left to do is get sweaty.
*Bell Rings*. See ya next semester!
Submitted by: Nic O.
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