When exercise turns into a chore.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
My parents are in town. Now, I haven't seen them in two years and the primary purpose of their visit is to see as much of the Olympics as possible, so you can imagine the shift in my lifestyle this has made.
Suddenly I'm chaperoning them all around London - for me we are walking rather slowly, for them, this is the most they have ever walked in their lives!! I'm getting the things I need to do done in half the time, because I'm wanting to spend most of my time with them and also finding that half of my mind is constantly focused on their happiness, comfort and what to do next!
We're eating out a lot, but fortunately my parents are not big eaters, so my weight is staying fairly stable, but my training is all over the place. Being so tired, I'm finding running is not quite as exhilarating as it usually is. It is also not fitting into a regular routine - when I find the time, I run. And, I seem to be managing to fit a jog in three times a week, just not always as long or on the same day as I'm used to.
The moral of this story is: sometimes exercise doesn't fit into our lives as smoothly as we would want it to and it actually turns into a bit of a chore. But, what I've found is that I still feel umpteen times better once I've gone out and jogged - no matter how bad my time was, or how dehydrated I felt, or how my entire body was aching by the end of it - I feel better about myself for having done it. So, see ten empty minutes - exercise, anything, jump on the spot, because it is absolutely worth it. Why? Because you will feel better about yourself for having done it.