I’ve been going through some challenging times in my life lately – upheaval in my career, a hard drive crash, lots of travel, and stress. However, over the past month or so, things have begun to get better. One of the changes I’ve made is to join a gym. I’ve wanted to exercise more consistently, so I can improve my health, but always resisted the idea of a gym. Too much intimidating equipment, too many people sweating and straining – it just wasn’t for me.
However, a friend of mine recently joined a gym to get her own health in order, and she encouraged me to join as well. Unfortunately, just as I joined, I partially tore a calf muscle (not in the gym, just walking in a parking lot), so I haven’t been able to work out much yet. However, I did a couple sessions on the treadmill and elliptical machines, and took a yoga class as well.
After those sessions, I had a revelation – I didn’t want to put junk in my body. I didn’t want a donut or a vanilla latte; I wanted a cup of green tea. And some fruit and vegetables. I didn’t even feel like eating bread or meat or anything heavy. But I knew that the first thing I needed was the tea.
I knew that the tea would replenish my fluids and provide some antioxidants, but it was more than that – it felt like a “clean” beverage. It’s transparently honest and healthy, not clouded with milk or sweeteners (at least the way I drink it). It’s refreshing and soothing, and it puts no stress on your body. I drink water constantly, and had been during my workouts, but I felt like I needed more. I needed to replenish myself, and tea was the right way to do it.
Of course, there is plenty of research to back this up, and it’s not like I have to look for an excuse to drink tea – I pretty much drink it at any opportunity. But I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that my body was really craving tea (and good, clean food) after I worked out. That might be just the motivation I need to keep up with a fitness program – it will make me want to drink more tea!