As part of my long stay here in America I knew I wouldn't have much to do. But I figured since there is a gym within walking distance I would take up a membership and try my luck at exercising. Last winter, spent in Korea, I didn't do much exercising or getting out of the house for that matter. Mostly due to the snow and cold temperatures. This led to my body changing sizes. Yet, I also blame turning nearly 30, but whatever.
The point is I need to exercise, if not to lose weight, but to be in shape. Teaching requires energy and pep, so getting together an exercise routine would be beneficial.
Since coming back I have been working up my exercise routine so that I can start in on heavier things. For example, I have been attending the "Gentle Yoga" class about once a week. Don't let the name fool you, afterward I felt sore nearly everywhere. I would match that up with a routine on the equipment, doing running and cycling. My issue is that left to my own mind I do not push myself on the equipment, and I get very bored. So I am trying to attend classes where someone is there telling you what to do.
Today I tried the "BodyStep" class and I immediately found out what a beginner I am. I did a step-like exercise back in college when I attended a workout class, but it incorporated many different exercises. Mostly everyone in today's class was familiar with it and knew what to do. I was doing okay the first 10 minutes but then people started to twirl, kick and walk around, before I knew it I was lost. Combined with my heart pumping and my mind spinning, I just didn't feel like continuing. Trust me I felt really embarrassed when I picked up my platform and walked out. Other members tried to encourage me to stay and that it took a while to figure out, but my mind was made up.
I mentioned it to the front desk people as I exchanged my locker key. They told me it was one of their harder classes and it takes a while to pick up. Their suggestion was to come back and just do what I can till I get it down.
I think I will go back next week and give it another try. It certainly got my heart going and I could tell if I kept it up I would have gotten a great cardio workout.
*I would like to know if any of my other readers have faced similar challenges when working out.*