I have been back home in Adelaide now since Tuesday. Not having the comfort of my NYC gym membership, I have been getting creative with my exercise. Not being able to rely on structured exercise classes, treadmills and weight machines has forced me to think outside the square and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
This morning’s exercise was a hike up Mt Lofty and a run down. Being back and surrounded by nature was such a nice change from being immersed in buildings, traffic and people. I felt really connected and at peace. The natural environment quickly made me forget my pounding heart and the beads of sweat trickling down my face. It was beautiful to observe native birds and plants and hear the trickle of water as I jogged along. I loved passing people doing the same thing (and feeling the same way). There was something so comforting about connecting with others at such an early stage in the day. It is as though you share a secret with them and are observing a part of the world that no one else sees as they lie in bed in their slumber.
When it has come to resistance training, this week I have dusted off my two 8 kilo dumbbells and performed a series of different exercises that have proved my tried and true for some time. Not having a gym almost has meant that I have worked harder, doing more reps and sets during the day as I have more flexibility to pick up the weights between tasks, or while on the phone. My body is actually aching today from a variety of different exercises I did yesterday. At least I know I am doing something right!
Being out of my usual exercise environment has proved difficult at times but I have welcomed the change of routine. I am looking forward to the week ahead to see which other ways I can change things up. If you have any ideas, let me know!