Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Finding the time to exercise

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If you are anything like me, the hardest part of getting in exercise is finding that perfect time.  You know, that 1-3 hour time block where you have nothing important planned, you have plenty of energy, you aren't too full, you aren't starving, AND you are pumped up to get a good work-out.  Since I started working a 9-5(ish) desk job, This has been like finding a Unicorn in Brooklyn.  It tends to take me a long time to get friendly in the mornings, so I usually wake up almost 2 hours before I have to be at work, just so that I have time to greet the day.  By the time I get off work, I have to drive home and make dinner.  After dinner, it seems like I have no more than an hour or two for relaxing before it's bed time, not enough time to digest food well enough to go sweat.

So when I realized my weight was spiraling so far out of control that most of my work clothes were verging on being too tight, I knew there could be no more excuses.  I knew I had to make a choice about when I would exercise, and that I would have to hold firm with it.  There could be no wobbling.  I decided on mornings, because I was already waking up so early, I figured it wouldn't shouldn't be too hard to wake up just one hour earlier, right?  And that physiologically, I should feel more awake and refreshed throughout the day as a result.  It seemed like the perfect option. 

...There is just one small thing about working out in the mornings for me:  many types of exercise first thing in the morning make me want to be sick.  Not figuratively, literally.  For whatever reason, I get really hot at night.  So then, when the first thing I do is go sweat, I am more likely to have problems.  I knew that this was something I would have to overcome if I wanted to succeed at my plan.  Staying up until nearly midnight just to get everything in is simply not an option for me.

On Thursday, I'm going to be talking more about how to pick the right kind of exercise for you. In the meantime, I challenge you to consider where you might be able to carve out time for yourself. Do you wake up early anyway? Are you a night owl who stays up until 2am? Or are you lucky enough to have the ability to take an extended lunch? Whatever you choose, make sure that you can do it every week, and that you can do it several times a week at the same time. By scheduling your workouts each and every day at the same time, you will be training your body to expect and prepare for exercise. You will feel more energized for having invested some time in your most precious asset: yourself.

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate. I have the hardest time trying to figure out when I can work out, especially when I'm just in the office. (Days I work on set are a workout on their own). The problem is I HATE mornings! I would rather hit the snooze and just sleep. I get home so late during the week though, that I am literally eatting at 8 so waiting to digest so that I can work out would put me at like 10pm. I'm lucky if I get to eat lunch outside of my desk so mid day workout is totally NOT an option. That leaves only mornings, but how do I get motivated to get up earlier when it took me forever just to get used to getting up at 7?

    I found a yoga class that is early enough to go to, but I don't know if I would like it and I can't afford anything extra right now until I get paid at the end of next week! It totally sucks cause even though I want to start working out I can't really get started until I can afford it. (Stupid money!) I'd work out at home, but I don't want to wake up my roommate at 6am.......ugh. Got any suggestions? :/


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