While I’ve been known to dabble in hot yoga, I think it’s pretty obvious I’m not really the… yoga type.
The whole centering your mind and body crap? I get that from my workouts thank you very much.
(please keep in mind this is MY opinion, so no hate mail please and thank you!)
One thing however that DOES stand out for me about yoga is the phrase that is always said at the beginning of my hot yoga classes…. and frequently pops up in Lululemon’s tweets.
“Set your intentions”
I honestly never really put much thought into it. I mean, what is my intention for hot yoga? Go in, stretch, sweat, clear my head. Bam done. What else is there?
But lately I find that mindset kind of fading and thinking more about my intentions for the day.
Sunday morning I woke up and while sitting on the balcony eating my oats and drinking my coffee I said to myself I’m going to finish this, go to the gym and do pullups.
… and I did.
I’ve mentioned the stepmill is finally functional at my gym again…. it’s like a shiny new cardio toy and ever since the “out of order” sign was removed I have been on it every morning for 20-30 minutes of my cardio. Yesterday I found the time dragging a bit and only lasted 15 minutes before I switched to the treadmill.
So last night I was laying in bed thinking about this morning’s workout and I decided while the stepmill HAS brought changes to my body and broken up my cardio boredom… if I keep pounding away on it like i have been I’ll be burnt out on that very soon.
That’s when I decided that today I would get up, go to the gym and run. A totally different cardio workout than I’ve been doing.
Change is good after all right?
I woke up feeling good. Considering yesterday was leg day I was a bit worried my old lady hips would be tight and too achy to run… but alas, I felt great. I got to the gym, did a quick warm up and set the treadmill to a nice steady pace at 1.5% incline and went at it.
I only lasted 20 minutes. But I did. I set my intention last night, I followed through and I felt great.
Hmmm… funny how that works?
While I may not be sold on the kool-aid that is yoga, I do think setting my intentions will become a much more important part of my prep. With only 4 1/2 weeks left (OMG) I’m seeing changes everyday and not letting myself get complacent and coast along will be tough, but setting a plan, even if only in my head, and sticking to it I get instant self gratification for the accomplishment… and I get more changes rolling along.
Win/win in my books.
How do you feel about yoga?
Do you “set intentions” for your workouts or just have a master plan you stick with?