Mondays at the gym
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
I read a while back about the "Monday Syndrome" -- the tendency we have to start a new diet "on Monday", get back to exercising "on Monday", renew our focus on _______ "on Monday". The article mentioned that Mondays were the busiest days at most gyms.
I have had Mondays off for a long time, so it was a natural for me to plan that as one of my gym days. But I went during the day. This week I am working full time, and so I took my gym clothes to go after work. Our office closes at 4, and I made it to the gym and was ready to begin my workout at 4:25 PM. That's earlier than most folks get off, so I didn't expect it to be crazy busy -- but boy, was I wrong! NEVER have I seen it so crowded!
I wanted to do intervals with strength machines alternating with the stationary bike. Have done that many times before (with bike or treadmill) --- I do 5 min on the aerobic machine and then go do 2 sets of 15 of 2 exercises (squats & deadlifts, biceps & triceps, etc.) then go back for 5 more min. of aerobics. Last night each time I left a bike, someone came and filled it -- and they weren't there for 5 minutes. I was able to find 3 different bikes before I gave up on that plan. Finished another 15 minutes doing mat work and ab work, did my stretching, then found an empty treadmill and finished 15 minutes there. Usually I stretch after I've finished the strength & aerobic segments -- but last night even the mat/stretching area was so full I was afraid if I left my spot, it wouldn't be open when I came back.
When my new work schedule begins in a few weeks, I will have T/Th afternoons off, and I guess I will go to the gym then. I had thought about after work on Monday (like yesterday) so I'd have Tues afternoon for errands and home tasks, but after last night, I'm not sure I want to fight the crowds like that. But then again, I must remember that it is only the beginning of February and the crowds will likely diminish somewhat the further we get from New Year's Resolutions! (Sad, but true -- many of the folks who began in January will probably not be at the gym come April, or June, or Sept.!) We shall see -- the one thing I promise myself, is I Will Be at the Gym 2x/Week -- even with the 25% increase in hours at the office!
How about you? When is your favorite gym time? How do you work it in with your busy schedule? Are you committed for the long-term?