Thursday, October 16, 2008
For the past three mornings, I managed to get myself out of bed and get to the gym around 6am. It is a fantastic way to start the day and get my exercise out of the way. There aren't many excuses one can use at 6am other than "I am tired." Once I get out of bed, I am soooo glad that I did and it is well worth it!!! I feel great and have figured out a wonderful way to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule.
Previously, I used to work out during my lunch break but about a year ago our office moved to a less desirable location and I have hated walking/running in the area and simply stopped doing my exercise during lunch. I, instead, started working out after work because it was spring/summer and the sun was up til 7 or 8pm.
In the beginning of September, my daughter joined a competitive swim team and they have practice 5x/week from 6:30-7:30pm. This was right smack in the middle of my exercise time. I started to exercise (walk/run) while she was at practice but it started getting dark earlier and earlier until I didn't feel it was safe for me to go running alone at night. What was a girl to do? Here enters the getting up early and hitting the gym notion.
I knew my situation wasn't going to change anytime soon and that meant I HAD to come up with another option. This seemed to be the ONLY option. I was very hesitant at first but I am super glad that I gave this a whirl!!! This is the key to long term success. Being able to be flexible and maintain health/exercise as a priority are of the utmost importance.
So, after struggling for a couple of weeks I am happy to report a small smidgen of success!! YAY ME!!!