Today I am thankful for my town's village center. Along with having rooms and spaces for a variety of community events and a senior center, the village center also has a workout room and offers a selection of fitness classes.
So on my second day home (I'm in the USA now, in case any of you missed that detail), I went down there and signed up for 8 weeks of Zumba (meets 1x/week) and 8 weeks of Mat Pilates (1x/week) in the morning (I've never done either before). Then I went ahead and bought a 3-month membership to use the fitness center to weight lift on top of that.
Why? Two reasons. First, not playing ultimate last year in Korea resulted in me doing close to zero physical activity. That was not good, especially in the winter. So I want to stay active this winter to prevent that from happening again, and I'd like to gain some muscle too. (Remember, my Korean traditional medicine doctor even told me I needed more muscle!).
Secondly, now that I'm working from home on my computer, I have total control over scheduling my day. Since I signed up for two morning classes (8am), that both will force myself to be awake, and also should increase productivity the rest of the day since I'm getting the workout done first thing in the morning. My plan is to work out in the fitness/weight room the non-class days of the week, also at 8am - to make it a habit/routine.
Oh, and the cost is a steal compared to private gyms.
The part I'm most thankful for is that it's located a mere 0.7 miles from my parents' house! That makes for a quick jog or a nice walk, meaning I can easily get there despite not owning a car. How awesome is that? Very awesome.
I know that not owning a car here will limit me in some ways (mostly social), but the fact that it's not holding me back from working out is very lucky!