Last year I watched this Korean version of TED by a lady in her 50’s finishing up her multiple triathlons. She looked really energetic, and she said she hated exercise but it was after a long body ache, she decided to get out and do a simple thing every day. That every day became a year, two years, ten years, and a challenge for triathlon.
Then I finally remembered my mom did swimming. My mom started swimming when she was around 40 years old. Since she did it till very recently, it’s more than 25 years of love for swimming. She would just go swimming. She goes at least 2-3 times a week. Nothing fancy. Of course no blog posting or TED talk, but I know she did it and just doesn’t necessarily talk about it, which makes it hard even for me to remember her long-time dedication. But seriously 25 years of doing something is a real achievement!
I am 41 years old, and I knew I wanted to do something simple every day like the way my mom picked up swimming. Not interested in anything big. I started with gym workout with a coach two years back but when I had to do a budget cut, a good bye! I did a lot of small home exercise with friends and colleagues like the plank challenge, squat challenge, etc. None was fun, though. It was a discipline (like this writing. ;-) ).
Now, I hope this is it. This simple yoga. It helps my back pain. It gives me a good night sleep. I actually think it’s fun. Just 5-10 min a day in bed. Of course Vinyasa Flow for 1 hour yesterday was not the same as 5- min evening stretch. It’s COVID-19 friendly. That said, so many diverse yoga instructions are available at YouTube for free.
For now, yoga that is. Today marks the 73rd day. Well I am still pretty inflexible, super beginner. It’s good enough. Just needed to starts somewhere.
Oh did I say I lost 8 - 10 pounds over that 73 days? An awesome side effect! ;-)