All right, y’all have inspired me with the 220-comment Exercise Smorgasbord thread! I stopped my private yoga lessons a couple of months ago (long story), and even though I’ve been mostly keeping up with my home practice, I feel like I’ve lost a lot of momentum. So I really want to try finding other ways into my body — which I suspect will help get the yoga back on track, too. I was already kicking around a few ideas, and then that thread came along and gave me a million new ones.
So. On Tuesday, I’m going swimming with M. LeBlanc — first time I’ve really been lap swimming since high school. (I’ve done plenty of swimming since then, but most of it just messing around.) Yeehaw! I am also going to take advantage of the fact that I have a bellydancing studio and a Pilates studio within two blocks of my apartment. A series of beginner bellydancing lessons just started, but I’m going to call tomorrow and see if I can get in on that late. And the Pilates studio has an introductory offer of 3 private lessons for a surprisingly reasonable price, so I’ll try that and see how I like it.
I’m also thinking quite seriously about joining the Y to get in on the water aerobics thing, which has always sounded hella fun to me, but which I’ve never tried because, quite frankly, it took me this long to get over wearing a bathing suit in public. Even in front of a bunch of little old ladies. Once again, the whole “acceptance” thing does not come in a complete package overnight.
Beyond that, I’m trying to convince Ottermatic, Tari, Colleen, Sweet Machine, and/or M. LeBlanc to join me for a hooping class next month. And finally, although it is FREEZING FUCKING COLD here right now, I’ve been doing some research on rowing and kayaking — both of which can be done on the Chicago River from the same location — for when the weather gets nicer. And the research is making me wish I could start tomorrow. Except for the part where tomorrow is also going to be FREEZING FUCKING COLD.
Do I honestly expect to keep up with all of these new endeavors? Hell no. At best, I expect to find one or two new things I like enough to do them semi-regularly. But in the meantime, I will be blogging the experiments — partly to give the Shapeletariat more information on the fat friendliness of these forms of exercise, and partly to keep up my motivation to at least try all this shit once.
Because I can’t (read: won’t) try everything that came up in that thread, I’d also like to issue an invitation to Shapelings to play guest blogger for a day. If you go out and try a new form of exercise for the first time — or the first time in years — write it up and send it to me. (Note: although you’re welcome to comment about your experiences here, if you want me to post something, please e-mail it to katesblog at gmail.) I can’t guarantee I’ll post every one that comes in, but I’ll try to make a series of it. I think that would be fun.
I also think rollerskating would be fun, but there’s no fucking rink less than an hour away from here. Grrrrr.