Channeling Prancer

The winter solstice.

The shortest day.

Surrounded by the longest night.

At some point in the past week, I decided that it would be fun to run into the sunset on December 21st.  Long story short, I think I was envisioning some kind of romantic, Northern Exposure situation.

What I actually experienced was A Day In The Life Of Prancer.  Truly, the only thing I felt was really missing from today’s run were the sleigh bells.  You know, because the flurries weren’t enough.

I know that I should be counting my blessings on the snow-front.  Last year we got 86.6 inches of snow.  For context, that’s 7.2 feet.  Of snow.

A not-so-insignificant amount of snow that drove me to buy a jacket for outdoor running and then another fleece-lined shell so that I would be able to fend-off The Elements.

As it turns out, the amount of snow we have on the ground right now is negligible.  I still haven’t touched that shell yet.  And at this point, I’m really hoping that Man-Caused Climate Change will just keep on doing what it does best so that I won’t have to.

I’m totally into this whole Mild Winter thing.

In other news, it’s time for my rant of the week.  No, this isn’t a new blog feature.  I’m just fussed.

On December 13th, Comcast dropped ExerciseTV from their OnDemand line-up and replaced it with another line of fitness-oriented videos.

I’m sure there’s something in it for them.  But for the rest of the group?  It’s absolutely horrible.

Instead of Maura and Chris and some chick from YogaWorks whose name I never really knew joining me for my morning practice, I now have John Vitarelli.

And let me tell you about John.

His poses are really not confined-space friendly.

He’s doesn’t give you modifications.  For anything.

Some of his moves?  Are extremely exotic.  As in, I have never seen anything even remotely like them in pictures or in other yoga videos.

And when I did his Yoga for Athletes (which sounded like a really good idea at the time), I ended up with shooting pains in my hips.

For clarification: Shooting pains in my hips.

In all of my basement yoga-practicing, I have NEVER walked back upstairs with shooting pains.

I just don’t think that is how it’s supposed to be.

So this is where we part ways.

I finally caved tonight and ordered the three yoga DVDs that I loved the most from the Old Regime.  Because we all know that if you don’t enjoy your workouts, you’re not going to make them happen.

And the last month has really driven home how much I actually need  yoga.  Not because it centers me (it leaves me more stressed-out), but because it helps me to tone.  It stretches me out.  It gives me some great core muscles.  It gives me the chance to focus on my arms without having to do prolific amounts of push-ups or working with weights.

So right now, even though there’s no Operation: Bikini Bod in sight (we do have winter vacation plans, they’re just not quite ready for their big reveal yet!),  I need to stick with it.

Have you ever ordered fitness DVDs online?  Which ones do you love?

p.s. If you’re still looking for Hanukkah/Christmas gifts for people who want to get active, give the gift of a 5k Running Clinic at the Uptown Running Room!


11 responses to “Channeling Prancer

  1. I never knew Comcast had ExerciseTV. Not that I have Comcast. I do, however, need a good Yoga (beginners) DVD to try.

  2. Yes, I’ve ordered fitness DVD’s online. Most recently, yoga DVD’s. Am loving Shiva Rea’s Daily Energy Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Also like Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Athletes, because, man, does it stretch out the hips – which, obviously with my IT band injury history, I totally need. You’ll have to fill me in on the ones you ordered, since I’m a yoga newbie 🙂

  3. I’ve just recently gotten into yoga, but I really like one that Crunch has that’s a yoga pilates mix. And I like The Biggest Loser Yoga.

    That stinks that they dropped the ones you really like. I hate it when my routine is messed with.

  4. I’ve pondered the idea of yoga/exercise DVDs. I’ve tried the Jillian Michael’s stuff, and I think they’re pretty good. Definitely tough. I just much prefer group exercise classes at the gym. For the new year, I am trying to work in a weekly yoga class. My gym offers it, but I always gravitate towards the hard cardio stuff. But maybe it’s time to challenge my body in other ways.

  5. I think the last one I ordered was Dance with Julianne: Just Dance. I like it. I tend to like the idea of dance DVDs for exercise, but the reality of so many of them is that they require a large space (don’t have) and use moves too complex for my tastes (I want to be able to master it in a couple of run-throughs). My theory about exercise instructors is that they don’t have to be totally fabulous at what they do, but they have to be able to give decent instructions, and they can’t be annoyingly perky or just weird in a creepy way.

  6. I’m loving the mild winter and I still just can’t get into yoga, even though I totally believe in it’s toning abilities

  7. Don’t you hate it when the TV Gods mess with your workout schedule? That happened to me about a year ago and I’ve never really recovered.

    Oh, and I love the mild winter too.

  8. My drawer full of exercise DVDs doesn’t really get much use. Tragic really. On the up side, I did (for the first time ever in my entire 32 1/2 years of living) get up at 5:00 a.m. and exercise!

  9. The Cable Powers That Be are always messing with a good thing. Hate that. I’ve been liking the mild winter (we *finally* got 1/2″ snow last night) from a runner’s perspective. But from the skier/snowshoe-er perspective? The mild winter in not my friend. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: my absolute fav yoga DVD is Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Athletes. He shows ever pose in 3 different levels & I’ve never “hurt” afterwards. Love that.

  10. I have been crushing on mild winter for awhile now. In my mind I thought we had a really good relationship. But sadly, after last nights winter storm, mild winter has left me for old man winter. Sigh.

    I hear any of the Biggest Loser DVD’s are AH-mazing!

  11. That’;s obnoxious about your workout videos. I hope you get something else that works for you. I’ve never bought a workout dvd, but the library has some nice ones. Don’t have any specifics though.

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