I'm not a gym hater by any means. I worked in a gym (and thus worked out in a gym) for five years. I lead a very active lifestyle: I go to the yoga studio, practice at home, ride my bike, walk, hike, indoor rock climb, hula hoop…you name it. I'm a big fan of heart-pumping activity that brings a smile to my face.
That said, I didn't access the "best shape of my life" until I quit the gym.
Long ago, my relationship to the gym had turned into a guilt cycle. I'd feel a bit anxious, all cooped up indoors, watching the numbers scroll upwards on some cardio machine. Often I'd sit in traffic on my way to the gym thinking, If I'd gone for a bike ride I'd already be halfway done by now ...
I started to wonder what was the point of driving to a place where I could move on indoor machines in order to break a sweat, when I had everything I needed.
It wasn't until I really dove deeper into my yoga practice that I tapped into its capacity to offer a holistic workout. I hadn't been searching for a workout; it was a byproduct. What I had been looking for, and found, was a back-to-basics approach to health and vitality.
Turns out these are the three key ingredients to health: