New outfits, new shoes, new schedules, new people, new places. Whether starting classes this month or not, this back-to-school time of year makes a great season for beginnings. My body is programmed for new things, intellectual and physical. Programmed for a fresh start in September, I’m going to take advantage of it to get some new body thing going.
A new gym? A new yoga class? A new commuting routine, a new place to park so I can walk it in the way those skinny city dwellers do?
It’s time for me to graduate the challenge in my exercise habit. Time to find new aerobics, new strength work, switch from my old summer to a new autumn routine.
I’m perfectly happy with my current forms of exercise. But I know I will grow bored of the same activites and scenery month after month, year after year. Boredom is the most dangerous feeling for me. Boredom is a half step from quitting.
I don’t really like to exercise, but I do it anyway. I may as well make it interesting. So with my summer walking and running wrapping up, it’s time for me to find the next new thing that will carry me through the months of bitter cold and precious little daylight we enjoy in these parts.
I’ve got my eye on a different gym for the mornings. I love anticipating the new place. Who are the popular kids? Will they be nice to me? I’ll need to consider how the contents of my gym bag might change. I’ll organize my workout clothes and shoes, clean out my old gym’s locker. Will I need towels? How are the makeup lights? Hair dryers? I’ll need to test timing on the new route to work.
New lockers, new showers, new equipment, new people, new etiquette, new scenery. I have butterflies. It takes so little to make exercise interesting again. A new class, new shoes, a new DVD or tape, a new gadget or new sport, a new route or new rhythm. The least new thing can inject new focus and attention. What will it be?