Monday, October 29, 2012
When I worked long hours and traveled for my job I had a colleague who managed to exercise no matter where we were. He would slip away for a run at lunch time; disappear at five to swim or hit the gym; or just go for a long walk after dinner. He inspired me to do the same.
I loved the feeling of slipping away at lunch time to do something just for me. I learned to be quick with my hair and taking a shower so I could sweat for half and hour and return clean and refreshed. (So okay, sometimes my hair was still a little wet. Oh well.) I know not everyone has the schedule flex to do this, but I found that more often than not there was a window I could take to do something.
Being flexible seems like the key to the active life. Now that I work part time it is of course much easier to "slip away." But I still have to kick myself out the door sometimes to garden, walk or get to a gym.
I still like the term "slipping away." It sounds more like a retreat than doing a task. It feels freer than "getting in my cardio," even though it IS often, just that.
Whatever we call it...my time, a health break, or just plain hard work...I know we owe it to ourselves to include movement in our busy lives.