So I’ve given up on trying to commit to a regular fitness class. With the exception of African dancing which I do with my daughter and feels more like a fun, moving meditation I’ve stopped wasting my money on regular fitness classes.
I say wasting money, not because the classes I’ve done in the past haven’t been good but because as soon as I sign up for a block of 12 classes in whatever exercise it is, there’s something in me that starts trying to get out of it.
At the grand age of 42 I’ve finally realised that the issue is that I’m a Vata and I’ve been trying to act like a Kapha when it comes to exercise
I’m talking about the Ayurvedic doshas by the way. If you don’t know yours you can check here
If you’re an earthy Kapha type, consistency and routine come naturally to you so signing up to a regular fitness class will probably work really well for you. Make sure it does challenge you though and you’re not just going through the motions!
What I’ve found works really well for my Vata nature are short, immersive challenges, ideally with a specific aim. So a few months ago Craig, the kids and I did a four week plank challenge that we found online, working up to a 5 minute plank, and I’m now doing a splits challenge with Jessica that we’re really enjoying. HIIT workouts really suit Vata types too.
Pitta types actually enjoy intensity, endurance and goals, so signing up for a long term challenge like a 10k or something similar would probably work if you’re a firey pitta type.
Do you know your dosha and exercise accordingly? Let me know what works for you when it comes to exercise. If you’re not sure of your dosha you can take my quick dosha quiz here