A few weeks ago I was talking with two senior grad students from my old lab, and they were discussing how graduate school was like a marathon. “We’ve been through so much, and now we’re so close. We can’t see the finish line yet, but it’s right there!”
“You guys are so inspiring, ” I said, half joking.
They looked over at me and laughed. “You think we’re kidding, but we’re really not. Grad school is a marathon, and you are at mile 1. It should be actually kind of fun right now.”
Well, mile 2 should be the most fun. Mile 1 is just getting used to the pace of running.
I’d like to say that this conversation inspired me to kick off my graduate career by running a half marathon, but in reality I had signed up for it months ago.
I recently decided to try and start doing simple yoga routines mainly to be a little healthier and to tone up. The last time I truly exercised was back in high school P.E. class about 6 years ago. Six! Shenanigans. I noticed my stomach and thighs became flabbier and I gained about ten pounds since stopping daily/weekly exercise. Even though I gained ten pounds in a year, I was still in the healthy BMI zone… I was a skinny kid. My family doctor, during my last check up, said I should exercise more (as in, begin exercising) and I never had the urge to until a few weeks ago. Mainly because I’m tired of my jeans fitting tightly around my stomach uncomfortably and if I don’t start now while my metabolism is relatively fast, then I’ll never get back into shape later. Also, my self consciousness has prevented me from exercising in front of strangers and friends.
A new yoga mat has been sitting in the corner of my room for months and I finally decided to whip it out yesterday, in the privacy of my room. I youtube-d a few yoga videos and found a channel I liked and was comfortable with. I ended up choosing TaraStiles (I find her voice super soothing) and tried a beginner video (here). After three minutes of the 9:50 video, everything was burning and I just fell over. I was so out of shape and I didn’t even realize it until that moment.
Long story short, I think I’ll try to add in a few yoga routines or at least basic stretches into my schedule. I’m just not entirely sure how I’ll get over my fear of being judged by others while I try to work out. We’ll see.
And for those who’re like me and are super unmotivated and don’t want to move from your natural habitat, TaraStiles even has couch yoga video and morning yoga in bed videos. How perfect.