Well, I don’t really know how, I just know I must!
As you may have read in my previous post, a little over ten years ago I embarked on what became a complete overhaul of the way I ate and lived my life. I went from eating junk on the go (if I ate at all) and never moving to good wholesome food and multiple gym hours a week.
That was ten years ago. Since then a lot of things have changed. For one, I no longer live in London (& I’m no longer single). On the surface that shouldn’t make too much of an impact, I’ve travelled a lot for work and always managed to modify my routine to make it work. I never thought actually moving to a new city would be any different. Turns out I was wrong…
The past year has been a whirlwind of work, travel, wedding planning & getting married! All challenging and exciting, but not great for routine. But I’m adaptable, and whilst I no longer feel the need to continuously watch what I eat when I’m away, I do ensure that I workout. Whilst in London I rejoined my gym and made sure that we chose hotels with gym facilities for our other trips. This fastidiousness when away was not always mirrored at home. We’re now at the end of the year and for the first time since joining a gym, my membership has lapsed and I have no regular routine. I’m out of the game… & I’m not happy about it.
So what do I do?! I need a plan of action – I need help making one! I need some inspiration. I’ve been here over a year now and I’ve yet to find what works for me in terms of a fitness regime. With air pollution forcing most of us inside, gym culture is becoming huge in Beijing, but I’ve yet to find the perfect gym fit for me. The few I have sampled were in the basement with no natural light and limited air purifiers, filled with people on their phones in full selfie mode, or in the case of one, had a guy smoking whilst walking on the treadmill!
Perhaps it’s time to try other options Beijing has on offer? In the birthplace of Tai Chi, maybe this is the way forward. Almost every park and most open spaces can find people practicing this gentle art of movement early in the mornings. The evenings see them make way for line dancing and ballroom dancing groups swaying to the sound of Communist folk tunes. The Chinese government encourages fitness for all and has constructed ‘National Fitness Paths’ with simple fitness facilities in open spaces. A more unusual Chinese fitness trend that emerged this year is crawling. Yes, crawling! Beijingers of all ages can be seen crawling on the their hands and feet through the city’s parks. It is claimed that the light exercise is good for the spine and back muscles. It stems from a 2000 year old Chinese medical practice dating back to the Han Dynasty. I don’t think that last one is for me! But what is?
How can I get back into the game?!? Any suggestions?