Trying to be healthy: Yoga

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.