We all know what it takes to be healthy, but sometimes still just can’t take the necessary steps. What motivates you? For Soni Adriance, it just might be the instant gratification of a fantastic brunch spread after a power yoga.
“I’ll go to the gym tomorrow”- that’s basically my health regimen. Sometimes I’m dedicated and end up going four or five times a week for a few months. Then one day I decide to take a day off, which turns into two days off, eventually snowballing into four months of “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow”.
We all know what it takes to be healthy. A simple Google search will give you dozens of ideas that can suit your lifestyle. Start small. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get out of bed and exercise for 20 minutes, it’s better than doing nothing. Eat vegetables and fruit; be mindful of your carbohydrates, sugar and junk food intake. Don’t smoke or drink in excess. We get it. I am very much aware of both the long and short-term benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Long term heart, lung and mobility benefits as well as short term increase in attention span, productivity and an overall feeling of accomplishment. I just can’t seem to do it. At least not in its entirety.
In a society that thrives on immediate gratification, what if we got the healthy ball rolling with some exercise and immediate reward? It’s a start, right? It was with this mentality that I headed to Bend and Brunch on a sunny Sunday at Tribe Hotel. Cheloti of the Africa Yoga Project was the instructor that day who took us through an hour of Power Yoga. I’ve practiced yoga before, the longest stint being for about a consecutive year, but now, after six months of living like a sloth, this was intense.
Cheloti guided us through various poses and a variation of sun salutation which got the blood flowing and sweat dripping within 10 minutes of the word “go”. As he squared my hips and lowered me further into warrior one, my chest burned with anger. In that moment, I hated him. I hated him for thinking he knew better than I did what my body’s limits were. Every time I thought we were close to wrapping up, we’d be in the next position, targeting a different set of muscles.
“Lie on your back, lift your legs, bend your knees towards your ears, grab your big toes and come into happy baby” Cheloti gently instructed. “Breathe deeply into the pose, and thank your body for its strength and work today”. I was incredibly thankful our workout was over but as I lay there, knees by my ears, I gained a deep appreciation for what I had accomplished. Cheloti was right, I could stretch deeper and go further into the pose than I initially believed. It’s an incredible feeling to walk away from. A sense of strong accomplishment and strength. I immediately began mentally planning my next workout.
As we walked out of the studio, I knew I deserved the brunch spread and cocktails that awaited me. I bee-lined for the desserts: mocha mousse, chocolate chip cookies, macarons, cakes and more. After a plate of desserts washed down with a mimosa, I explored the rest of the brunch offering. There was a salad bar, soups, hot plates with main dishes from pastas to spare ribs, and an outdoor grill with shrimp and tandoori chicken. It was glorious. If this is what it means to work out, count me in. I now know what motivates me (delicious food and drinks) so I’ll work on incorporating it into my workout regimen tomorrow. What motivates you?