If I had to struggle into gym clothes, tie shoes, and workout for 30 intense minutes every time, I’d probably never exercise again. :-) That kind of thing is why I quit the gym. I normally workout for 5-10 minutes barefoot in pajamas. That I can manage every day, no problem. My exercise mat and kettlebells are halfway between the bed and the shower. I only have to stumble a few feet, do some push-ups and deadlifts, then bathe. ZGYM has become a step in getting ready in the morning, like brushing my teeth, so no motivation required, though I do look forward to it and feel good afterward. If I’m not feeling particularly bouncy, I do some quick stretches, foam rolling, or abs. If I’m super energetic, I’ll use heavier weights and do longer or more intense workouts, but it’s still just a few minutes on my way to the shower, the exact opposite of when my life revolved around my workout schedule.
I realize that my mindset around exercising has changed completely. It used to be about looking a certain way or achieving a certain weight. There was a lot of fear involved, unquestioned thoughts, and anxiety about what others might think, which made the workouts themselves a kind of sucky overkill. Now, I exercise to have fun, feel good, boost my mood, and be healthy, strong, agile, and flexible. I want to age gracefully, but I’m already old (LOL), so I need workouts that make life better TODAY. No more smashing myself to look a certain way in 12 weeks. It’s not that I don’t care at all how I look. It’s that my workouts and way of eating feel so good that I’m happy in my own skin, even if my weight isn’t as low or my muscles as big as they’ve ever been. Whatever look that kind of mental and physical wellbeing produces is the look for me.
Are there other at-home pajama exercisers or is that just me? I watch inspiring videos of others killing it in the gym, wearing the cutest outfits, using the newest equipment, preaching hard work and clean eating. Sometimes I get a pang of missing that, but I always come to my senses and watch some sloth videos.