Sunday, December 22, 2013
About a year ago I stopped taking my cell phone with my to the gym. At the time I had a very demanding job. People were constantly calling my cell phone, asking questions, needing something, and it really took a toll. I am not in that position anymore (something I am thankful for daily) but the habit remains. I DO NOT keep my cell phone with me at the gym.
I take it in, leave it on silent in my locker, or if I go out for a run, tell someone where I am going & leave it at home.( I know, I know, safety is important. Which is why I always tell someone where I am going, when I leave & when I get back)
The result from this? I get to FOCUS on my workout. It is me time at its finest. Some days I listen to my i-pod, but recently I have just enjoyed getting into the zone and drowning out all the noise. Or taking a fitness class and jamming out to those songs. If you think about all the time each day that is not yours, work being the best example. Though I am not a mother or wife I can appreciate how much time each day is spent caring for others.
So, I take an hour each day for myself. I enjoy working out. I enjoy taking group fitness classes. Some days the time flies, some days it doesn't. But I always feel better leaving the gym than when I walked in. And that's a good feeling. For the record. I have never missed a text or call that was so important it couldn't wait for me to finish my workout.
Side note: This past Thursday there was a small crisis at work. I was expecting a phone call regarding this and as a result had to keep my phone on me at the gym. I was in spin class and things just felt off. I kept waiting for the phone to ring, and checking it every 5 minutes to make sure I hadn't missed the call over all the loud music. So. NEVER AGAIN. This just cemented in my brain how great a rule I have.
So, if you've never done that...my challenge to you is to try it out. One workout. If you use your I-phone for music, try putting it on airplane mode. If you try it, let me know!