I usually start anything new by over preparing, which I duly did in this case. For the first session, I came to work with a full sports bag containing:
- Joggers in a plastic bag
- Sports socks
- Sports top
- Sports jacket
- Tracksuit pants
- Towel for a yoga mat
At least with yoga I don’t need to shower afterward. I used to jog during my lunch break which also meant packing a sports bra, soap, hairdryer... A friend once remarked that exercising with me was like moving house.
After a few weeks of changing into my yoga gear, it dawned on me that there must be a better way. After all, there were people doing yoga in their jeans so surely I could get away with less fuss!
I thought about each item and whether I really needed it. I realised if I wore as much of my yoga outfit to work as I could, that would be a good start.
On yoga day I could wear flat shoes to work (they only need to look okay with track pants and get me across to the yoga room) and this also did away with the need for sports socks. I like wearing knit tops so these are perfect for both work and yoga—no need to change into another one. I don’t wear a jacket in class so I don’t need a sports jacket. And yoga mats are supplied.
The fabulously minimalist result was throwing one pair of tracksuit pants into my regular work bag!
So easy, quick, and space saving. I’m less likely to miss a class now because I don’t feel like getting changed.
I like to apply this method of questioning and streamlining wherever I can, and this has been one of the most obvious examples I’ve found of how well it can work.
Do you have a lot of fitness gear? Have you been able to simplify it?