I am incredibly inflexible. Physically, that is. I have not been able to touch my toes without bending my knees at really any point in my life with the exception of college, when I was somewhat of a dancer. I want that to change.
People have told me time and time again that my best option for increasing flexibility is to do yoga. I have tried several times. It hurts, and I suck at it, two things that I do not particularly enjoy, so I've never stuck with it for more than a day or two. However, as part of this new direction of mine - getting healthy and in shape and all - I've decided to give it a go.
As it happens, this Wii Fit that has been collecting dust in the corner for several months (154 days, as it reminded me today) has yoga functions on it, so today I did about ten poses. Nine of them were okay. No great, but okay. Then I did the "Downward Facing Dog" and decided I was done shortly thereafter. My back and hamstrings are where all the trouble rests, as it seems. It's going to take a lot of work (and probably a surgery or two) for me to get where I want to be, but I think this is a good use of my days off. While I don't want to use my days off for anything too strenuous, I think starting them out with some yoga will be a great way to keep my muscles primed and ready for the stresses of the next day.
Hopefully soon I'll feel better about myself while doing it.
And maybe I'll actually take a rest day to rest. Besides having to work today, we also decided to take the pup for a walk to Flip Happy Crepes and get some breakfast. (Outstanding, by the way.) We wandered from there over to the farmer's market and then back to the house. It ended up being a six mile walk. So much for resting my legs.
Still, it's great to keep active on the off-days. If I keep moving, it's more likely that I'll want to move the next day as well. Which is good, because I have to run 14 miles tomorrow, and I want it to be under 2 hours. If I run 8-minute miles, the run should take me 1 hour and 52 minutes, so I don't have a lot of room for error.
Better rest up.