Spin For Your Soul

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Monday is hitting me hard this week for some reason. I couldn’t get out of bed this morning- snoozed the alarm THREE times. Left the house without my coffee and iPod aka my lifesavers throughout the workday. Talk about starting your day on the wrong foot! All of this snow is really throwing me off schedule. I think the two snow days last week really threw me out of whack. The snow has taken over everything but the roads. I am so sick of being cooped up inside every weekend!

The mix of stress, lack of sunlight/fresh air, and weather has such an effect on my mood. I’m sure this applies to others as well. Whenever I get overwhelmed, a run outdoors always refreshes me. However, that is not possible unless I want to break a hip on ice. When the stress began to hit me last week, I made it a point to hit the gym despite how tired I was. I took a spin class for the heck of it and felt AMAZING afterwards. My spirits were high and head was clear. I went home, showered, made a delicious, healthy dinner, and RELAXED (something I haven’t been able to do in my free time). Any down time I have had recently, I keep finding myself worrying about things. Whether it is school related, work, money, or friends- I could NOT turn my mind off obsessing over these things!

Anyway, the spin class really eased my mind. It was 45 minutes of me time. There was no one I had to text back or e-mail. I took the time to challenge myself to leave all of that stuff outside the room. Not to mention the instructor was awesome, had a great playlist going, and turned the lights off. During one of the routines she even had us close our eyes and focus on breathing (kind of like a yoga technique).

Unfortunately, she only teaches one class a week that fits in my schedule. I enjoyed her class so much that I e-mailed her to see if she could send me the class routine. She sent it to me and the next day I cycled by myself while following her routine. It was awesome! My goal is to workout at least 3 times a week. There are days that I have absolutely NO motivation, so I just need to remember how exhilarating the post workout feeling is! Also, spring break is coming up so I should really get in shape (even though it is probably too late).

If you haven’t taken a spin class, I highly suggest it. If you have a good instructor, he/she will PUSH you all the way until the end. There were so many points where I wanted to give up, but she kept me going by talking to us.

Anyway, those are my thoughts for the day 🙂 I’m hoping to have enough time in between my internship and night class to hop on a bike today 🙂

– A

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