So… Let’s talk about exercise! I always tell myself to keep healthy by eating well, sleeping early, to exercise, but I’m not going to lie, it does get difficult at times. I know… Blaming my busy uni days for not getting my butt off the couch is not a legit reason not to exercise! But it does get difficult when your mind gets really tired and all you want to do is eat a burger and binge watch a series.
To tackle the busy (and lazy) days, I usually opt for long walks to sub for my exercises. It does not seem much, but I mean walking for around 30 minutes or more each there, instead of using the bus to go places. This is definitely suitable for days that are more relaxed and when I don’t need to get somewhere at a certain time. I also find this very helpful to relax the mind! So for all you busy-bodies, this would at least stop your brain from all the thinking or you can let your mind wander anywhere. I also love people watching, so walking on the streets allows me to observe my surroundings, get some fashion ideas, or admire the cute dog hanging his head out of the terrace fence! We’re often stuck looking at our phone all the time that we forget how beautiful real life is, compared to the virtual.
If you want something more fun, dancing is real good to break the sweat! Even if you’re not a dancer, this is a perfect way to let loose after work/uni and just enjoy the present moment and learn more about your body and yourself. I’ve even made a life analogy out of dancing (which I may share one of these days, if the perfect time ever comes)! Sydney has plenty of dance studios that you can join for just one time to try out and if you love it, you can come as frequent as you want. My absolute favourite would hands-down be Sydney Dance Company, they have plenty of genres for everyone’s taste (but if you have no experience and something less serious, probably the jazz genre is great for you). They have a good balance of men and women, so it’s comfortable for anyone to come and try! Plus, dancing works out EVERY part of your body, I promise you you’ll be just as sore as if you went to the gym.
Yoga was another thing that I have tried. I used to be very skeptical of it, since I’m not great at keeping focus or keeping the mind in place, but I have to say, it’s great exercise. The slow gradual change in the poses are extremely difficult and it really made me focus on my body movement and learn so much of what my body can handle and can’t. I have to say, I have the best sleep at night after those sessions. The one I went to was Body Mind Life at Surry Hills. They are very professional and made it easy for beginners like me to try and enjoy yoga.
Lately, I’ve been doing barre classes and pilates. If you’ve never heard of barre classes (like most of my friends), it is an exercise that utilises the bars that are in ballet studios and it also involves a lot of ballet warm-up type of routines. Pilates (which I think most people know about) focuses mostly in the abdominal area. I find these two works my body best, tones it well, and it’s not too crazy intense for a person of my size (I’m quite tiny). I go to Yogabar at the Sydney CBD. Again, they are very professional and the class is kept in a small size so that the instructor gets to focus on each member. Barre classes are mostly done by women though (as I have not met any guys in my class), so maybe this is less open for everyone. I try to go at least 2-3 times a week, letting my body rest in between. I find that keeping consistent exercises helps me eat and drink throughout the days better!
Hope you are all keeping your body and mind well, and to always have a balance between being in front of your laptops/TV/mobile to getting your heart beat pumped a little higher than usual and observing the world out there!