I’ve come to realize that in the fitness department, I’m like one of those desperate characters in romantic comedies who so desperately want to find their soul mate they’ll jump into a commitment without rhyme or reason.
My brain, too, wants to find its true love. I’ve realized that when I find an activity I enjoy, or at least feel moderately competent at, I immediately start wondering if this one is the one. My true fitness love. I’m in unrelenting pursuit of the activity that will continue to inspire and push me beyond the honeymoon period of those first few classes. Each time, certain that I’ve found my fitness soul mate, I start imagining our future together: what if Bikram and I meet every day before work? What if running strikes such a strong chord that I’ll pound the trusty trail every day without fail? What if I bike everywhere, every day, even in the rain? I envision myself living and breathing this glorious, uplifting, soul-completing commitment from now until forever.
But things change. The heady glow of that first time doesn’t typically last very long for me. (Not to mention, Bikram class every day before work would involve far too many showers and far too little sleep!)
I’m working to change this paradigm. To alter the way I approach new or familiar activities, and respect them for the benefits they offer right now. I don’t need to become an ultra runner or a yoga champion to enjoy health benefits from either running or yoga. I don’t need to find the one to gain the benefits from any particular fitness activity; in fact, it’s probably better for my body that I play the field. Most of all, it doesn’t matter how good I am at anything I do. We don’t have to be a perfect match, and we can part ways at any old time. It only matters what good it does for me today.
What’s more, playing the fitness field prevents boredom better than any other trick I know. It’s just a matter of reminding my commitment-hungry brain that just because a certain activity feels good right now, doesn’t mean we were meant to be together forever.
From here on out, I resolve to be promiscuous with fitness.