Friday, March 25, 2016

Finding time for fitness

If you know me or have been following this blog for any length of time, you know I'm no stranger to busy weeks. I work three jobs, I volunteer with two local organizations, and I have a fairly healthy social life. Oh, and I'm also in the midst of editing a novel. Needless to say, it can be hard to squeeze in my workouts.

This past week, my fitness has taken a backseat to some of my other priorities, namely editing my book. I worked one evening and went out one evening, but I spent parts of each evening on my book. I stayed up until at least 11 each night, trying to get through my final round of edits. 

With those late nights, early workouts weren't happening. And after work, I was eager to get home and get started on the edits. At least that's how I started the week. But by midweek, I knew I needed more balance. I needed my workouts.

After I reasoned with myself that I could afford to delay book work for an hour or so, I began plotting out my workouts for the rest of the week. Since I know I can easily talk myself out of working out if I go solo, I instant messaged one of my workout buddies at work and told her I would be going to class on Wednesday and working out with her on Thursday. I gave her full permission to lecture me if I didn't stick to it. Luckily, I didn't have to face whatever lecture she would have given me. I followed through on my plans and promise. And I honestly think I was better for it.

Both nights that I worked out, I was more productive on my book edits. Maybe it's my imagination, but I feel like a good, hard sweat session actually gave me the motivation and energy to power through my edits. I also felt like my mind was clearer.

This just illustrates to me how important it is to make time for my fitness. Even if it's only a 30-minute session. Even if it's just a walk during my lunch hour. On my busiest day, surely I can find half an hour to dedicate to my health.

How do you squeeze in workouts when you're busy?

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Last week's workouts
Friday: Off
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Yoga at home
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Midday Mix-Up: Legs (30 minutes) + Walking on the indoor track

Thursday: Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred

I really slacked off this week, but as I mentioned above, I'm working on fitting in more workouts even when my schedule is hectic.


2 comments:

  1. Is a morning workout an option? I'm a fan of evening workouts, but I often do 15 minutes of something before school and it definitely helps prep me for the day ahead. Then it's harder to put off!

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  2. Learning how to squeeze in exercise is still something I struggle with. I know I need it because when I go without it I start to have physical side effects but I know I also get crabby. Yet, it's something I so easily forego when life gets busy. I wish morning workouts were more of an option, but I start work at 730am and have an hour commute, so by the time I get to the gym, workout, and shower it's a tight squeeze. I'm hoping after a year at my job I can change my hours to a bit later.

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