On Christmas eve, I found myself walking along the gravelled path of Mt Amos, in the Eastern Coast of Tasmania. It had been my dream to see the curving shoreline of Wineglass Bay ever since I spotted it on Pinterest. The only way to the lookout is to walk uphill to the vantage point. The track is short but fairly steep and continuously uphill. My heart was racing within 10 minutes and I could feel my limbs slowly getting tired. After numerous water breaks, I made it to the top and was rewarded with fabulous and unique views of the bay. I went on to do 2 more hikes later in the same week.
But it made me realize how much I had been neglecting my cardio workouts. The past few months I was solely dedicated to increase my flexibility, so that I could reach my goal of doing splits. But in the process, I hadn’t been concentrating on other parts of the body.
So the first fitness goal this year would be to concentrate on a balanced practice. Keep all the systems running and well oiled.
Among other things, I spent the first day of the year doing a 2 hour full body workout, which included repetition of Suryanamaskar, plank variations, pushups and yoga inverions. I was hitting the mat after 2 weeks of no workout . That day, I could hear my limbs creak with every low lunge.
Handstands took way more jumps than before. This is what happens when you are out of practice even for a fortnight. So this year I plan to be more consistent with my practice and take less gaps between workout days.
The past week, I had been working on my backbends too – doing more floating camel (👇), camel, and a half dropback wheel. I really want to improve my wheel pose. And so adding it to my list of yoga/ fitness goals.
I was soaking in sweat by the time I started doing inversions. More so because of the scorching Sydney summer. Thankfully I got gloves with rubber spikes as my palms become extremely sweaty, which in turn affects balancing yoga inversions.
My husband often tells me that you don’t have to do too many ‘almost’ push ups. Just do one, and do it properly. The one he taught me includes lowering your body till the chest touches the floor and then rising up, without losing the alignment. Frankly, I can do exactly 1 of that. So this year, I would like to increase that number. 😀
My last year yoga goals were to improve both my strength and flexibility. There were a few hits and misses. I can almost do a split but my backbends are the same. I improved my forearm stand, can do a fallen angel and side crow now, but no improvement in handstands. There’s always this tussle between mind and the body. Mind says ‘go go go’, body is like ‘not yet bro’. 😂
Hopefully, this year I will see more improvements.
Tell me all about your goals and workouts in the comment section. I would love to read about them. 😀
Stay strong and humble.