#614 – The Longest Journey

My fitness – or lack thereof – has been a topic on this blog pretty much since the beginning. I’ve tried – and failed – to establish a healthy exercise program. I’ve tried walking multiple times and I can never stick with it. Part of that is lack of interest, part of that is the fact that the summers are six months long here in Texas, and I’m prone to heat sickness just being outside, let alone trying to do a workout in the broiler that is where I live. So I’ve always been looking for something that would be an alternate workout that wouldn’t cost a lot of money in exercise equipment and that would allow me to do cardio.

My wife has been interested in DDP Yoga for some time, and we very recently were able to grab a one-month trial for one of their services. DDP is Diamond Dallas Page, a former wrestler that I honestly have no knowledge of before this yoga thing. Tonight – just a few minutes ago, in fact – I tried his Chair Force 1 workout for seated yoga for the first time. It was a 16-minute workout of stretching and resistance and by the end of it my heart rate was elevated and I was sweating and breathing pretty hard in the comfort of my air-conditioned living room. It was pretty easy to understand but certainly a challenge to do the first time. But I got through it. It was surprisingly fun, though, which is good, because I need a good exercise habit in the worst way, and it being fun and accessible is going to be key to establishing that habit.

“The longest journey begins with a single step,” the saying goes. I’m not looking at a long journey here like I have been in the past. I’m just looking to my next workout on Friday. But I do hope that this is the beginning of a desperately needed drastic change in my health. We’ll see. More on Friday after the workout.

(Other things have been happening as well, but I’ll leave those for another post later.)

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