Exercise and Fitness- Is it an Obsession?
Monday, February 25, 2013
Weird, I woke up this morning thinking about whether exercise could become my obsession. I take Sundays off as a rest day but over the last 3 weeks I've noticed that I feel sort of guilty about not working out on Sundays. Last week I actually got on the stationary bike for about 20 minutes just so I could stop thinking about it.
Am I replacing thinking about food all the time with thinking about exercise all the time? I don't know. I mean, I don't work out excessively and I couldn't even if I wanted to because who has that much time but I find myself browsing all sort of fitness related articles and looking at equipment and thinking about different types of exercises I should give a whirl. Of course, all of this could be a result of me getting to the end of Ripped in 30 (yes I took 7 weeks to do the 4 week program) and trying to figure out what I want to do next.
In the meanwhile, I've started over with week one of RI30. I figure I would continue to do this and stationary bike until after my upcoming vacation. During vacation I will have access to a full gym and as much swimming as I can dream of -pool and ocean- so that week will be different from my regular routine. While I get back I think I'll probably go back to week 1 to ease back into my routine then switch to JM's Extreme Shred and Shed which means I'll need to wake up a little earlier and be more efficient with my time in the mornings, those workout are longer. I think a full 50 mins. I'm also planning on starting my outdoor training for the upcoming 5K so I plan to run 3-4 days per week for an hour each time. Ok run may be an exaggeration at first but eventually I'll get there. All being well, I think I'm going to run through the summer. It is very unlikely that I will run, outdoors anyway, after it gets cold again, I hate being cold even for a few minutes.
Im trying to think back 15 yrs, in high school I was a swimmer and we trained 6 days per week, year round. An hour in the morning and 2 hrs in the afternoon. I would hit the gym for weight training for another hour 5 days per week. I don't remember ever really thinking about it, it was something that I did, it was just a routine part of my day. I must have liked it. After all, going to school under a Britsh education system meant I spent 7 yrs in high school (we don't have middle school, high school begins with the 7th grade and you do an extra year if you plan to sit A levels - advanced level exams necessary for college admission) and I did it all those years.
Is/did anyone else go through this phase where you thought about fitness all the time?