I've started riding a bike recently and I am loving it. It's not that I've never ridden a bike before; I rode a lot during my childhood and then again when my kids were younger to build their bike skills confidence, but now I've started riding just for me.
I've realised that each new life (or should I say age) stage presents new challenges of what your body loves and doesn't love so much. I used to love to run as a kid, but now jogging along the beach or a road does nothing for my knees or my pelvic floor! So I started yoga a couple of years back and I love it. I'll be practising yoga for the rest of my life now, it gives me so much more than just an ability to stretch my body, but now I'm ready for something more. Just doing yoga isn't as fulfilling as it once was so I realised I needed to challenge myself in new ways.
Cycling has become this new way to feel free while building up my fitness. I can ride up to the local shops and pick up a few items for dinner while burning a few calories before I eat that dinner or ride to a yoga or pilates class. But what I mostly love about cycling is the opportunity to feel free. That's my life (and age) stage I'm at right now, so matching my fitness regime to my desires is what is motivating me to literally get back on that bike! Just this morning, I rode 20 minutes to pick up bread for the school lunches and back again because the first bakery wasn't open! I love how cycling allows me to blow off the cobwebs, declutter my mind, let go of any stresses and simply glide in the fresh air in a lot less time than walking.
It's so important to move your body to relax your mind but sometimes trying to get back into fitness if you've been out of the game for a while or attempt old exercises that your body doesn't respond to as well, can turn you off before you've found your zone. Often when we're stressed or have a lot going on in our lives, we drop the fitness ball, literally, but you are not doing your body or mind or those you love any favours if you'd don't stay in the fitness game.
I urge you to find something, anything, no matter what your age, shape or fitness level, to move that body of yours through any life development stage because it feels so good inside and out when you do.