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?
Last week's workoutsFriday: Off
Sunday: Yoga at home
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.