To Yin, or to Spin?

Hey Bikergang!

By now you’ve surely adjusted to these dark mornings and chilly (almost) winter evenings. I personally believe that this is when the true commitment to your morning exercise routine kicks in. I know that the temptation to hit that snooze button and snuggle up to a loved one, pet, or a steaming mug of coffee can be quite alluring! I also know that there is nothing quite the same as beginning your day in the company of like-minded souls.

That being said, I do want you to know that it is quite alright to shake up your routine every so often. Do not commit to a 6 am spin class simply because it’s something you’ve always done. Rather, do it because your body is physically and mentally capable of blasting out that weight track. Remember that your body is your most intelligent possession, listen to it. If the extra hour of sleep and rejuvenation are what you need, - for one day or several days, then sleep, or relax in some other way (helloooo yin!). Do not run the risk of injury because of your innate fear of spin FOMO. And if you can't quite comprehend the notion of a morning without spin, then remember that YYC Cycle has so kindly expanded the schedule to include 7 am classes. Take advantage my friends!

Why am I rambling on about this? Well, two years ago, I became trapped in my work out regime. I cancelled or declined plans because they interfered with my routine. I don’t know why, but I simply could not comprehend the notion that I could accommodate both a social life and exercise routine and still maintain balance and happiness. I was an exercise robot. Does this sound familiar? 

This brings me to your challenge for this month! Instead of running on “autopilot” and trying to juggle your social life and commitment to spin, try mixing the two together. The next time a friend or family member invites you out for a drink or a movie and you really want to go but you’re worried that saying yes will compromise your cycle routine, then take a moment to ask yourself - which of these two activities will leave you feeling more fulfilled? Perhaps that late night dinner will cause you to miss your beloved Tuesday 6 am spin class - but you know that you can go on Wednesday instead, right? New classes, new faces, new friends! To make this choice even sweeter, the next time you accommodate your cycle routine to make space for a friend, see if they will return the favour by joining you at your next class. Fair is fair, right?


-Maggie

P.S. Look for a post from our very own motivator extraordinaire Elle coming at you mid December!