I've never been a fan of exercise. nope. not ever. Growing up, the most exercise I got was walking to/from school (downhill on the way to, uphill on the way home) about a mile each way. I might have ridden my bike to the McDonald's where I worked across the river (2 miles each way, maybe?). But that's it. I walked and biked around campus in college.
Then, when I grew up and entered the workforce, well, I started sitting. and spreading. Now as a court reporter and editor for same, I spend my entire waking life seated. Even with the massage every three weeks, something had to give. I'm always tight. sore. completely inflexible (meaning not flexible body-wise; I'm pretty easygoing mostly). I have GOT to find something.
So I've been trying yoga. I have done it in the past as an every-now-and-then, one-class thing. And then I give up. it's just too much. That's my fault for not doing my research. I've started researching now. I have a one-month Groupon to use up at a Vinyasa studio where a friend teaches - Vinyasa being a pretty intense, high-energy workout. I don't know how many classes I'll take after my Groupon is used up, but I've learned some things.
The feeling after yoga - even if you don't eat for two hours before, which they recommend - is great. I wasn't hungry. I wasn't tired. I was all warm. Even if a bit sore. A yoga workout really can make you sweat (well, Vinyasa can, anyway). And I have no balance. Yet.
I think that my body needs to ease into yoga. I found a Hatha style (more gentle) locally in Wake Forest, and also a private teacher in Raleigh; may try them. Found some books at Amazon. And an interesting exercise DVD called Callanetics (from the '80s).
After only two classes, I can feel the difference - my breathing is deeper; my muscles, while achy, are happy; and I actually am looking forward to learning more.
Everybody needs to get off their chair once in a while. Hopefully learning the asanas will teach me more more balance, calmness, and get me to focus more on what I'm doing when I am seated in front of the computer.