Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I am now 2 days into my crazy schedule!
Last night was TurboKick. It was a special class (open to public, not just campus people/fitness center members) in honor of heart health month...we had to register ahead of time and wear red. There were a couple new people, which was fun. I always have to give it up for the people who come in for a class every once in a while and manage to follow along & get a good workout out of it! The instructors say it takes about 5 classes till most people start to get the hang of it...well, I took a lot longer lol. So I am pretty darn impressed by people who "get it". I also like the energy that "new blood" brings to the class: fortunately, most people are not like me so they have a blast even when they mess up. It is pretty cool when I see people experiencing the class for the first time...the moves and the music and the sound effects (whip crack, siren lol!). It is an hour class (if you include the abs/legs afterwards) but I stayed just for the cardio (about 50 min) then my cool-down was walking back across campus to my office where I checked my stuff and then stretched in my office. ahhhh
Today I did 30 min on the elliptical at the fitness center. One of my friends came by while I was wiping down the machine post-workout and said, "Every time I see you in the gym you have a huge grin on your face!" I think that pretty much sums up how I feel during a workout, especially on days (like today) that I haven't really listened to music all day...and then I go to the gym, I got my tunes, I got my endorphin rush, aw yah baby it's all good!
Exercising in the late afternoon (on this work schedule, so far at least) really helps me get my focus and energy back just when I am starting to feel like I want to do just the bare minimum to get myself through the rest of the day. For example, when I got back from the gym today I sat down right away and did a whole bunch of spreadsheet stuff without making any errors or feeling tired or distracted. I guess part of it is the fact that I'm taking a break from work to clear my mind, and part of it is that the physical activity keeps me going...it isn't (usually) until I sit down for more than 10 min at a time that I start to feel tired or worn out. (The project involves going up and down a hallway and flight of stairs at least once every hour, and a lot of other walking around in between.)