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Last week’s exercise schedule was knocked off course by several early morning (7:30 and 8:00 am) meetings with our Engineering team in Bangalore. Each of those days I told myself that I’d exercise after work or during work, in between meetings, or something like that. The truth is, this “working out” thing only seems to work for me when I get it out of the way before I’m awake enough to know what’s happening. This is worrisome because things happen and it’s not always going to be possible for me to hit the gym before heading off to work, particularly when the tempo of things around the office starts to pick up in mid-December.
So, what will I do differently next time I need to be seated at my desk in the office before 9:00 am?
- Get workout clothes ready the night before then go for a quick 30-minute walk around the neighborhood before work
- Fire up the Pure Barre: Pershing Square 1: Ballet, Dance, Pilates Fusion Workout DVD – you haven’t suffered until you’ve tried Pure Barre workouts!
- Take Alouysius T. Pug for an actual walk instead of putting him on his doggy treadmill for 45 minutes in the morning. [Yes, the video below is really my dog. We use the treadmill for some of his walking because it helps him calm down and is essential when it rains or when the temperature rises above 75F outside - he's a Pug and he can't do heat.]
So, what did my workouts actually look like for the past seven days?
Thursday, August 10 – no workout, 8,300 total steps logged for the day
Friday, August 9 – walked a 5K in 60 minutes, 12,500 steps logged for the day
Saturday, August 10 – finished Week 7, Day 3 of Couch to 5K (warmup, 25 minutes jogging, 10 minutes brisk walking, cool down), 12, 700 steps logged for the day
Sunday, August 11 – 50 minutes of Pilates (ouch!) plus 30 minutes brisk walk through the neighborhood, 12, 700 steps logged for the day
Monday, August 12 – finished Week 8, Day 1 of Couch to 5K (warmup, 28 minutes jogging, 7 minutes brisk walking, cool down), 11,900 steps logged for the day
Tuesday, August 13 – no workout, 11,000 total steps logged for the day
OK, your turn: how do you fit a formal workout into a busy schedule? Or, alternatively, how do you squish natural activity into a day when there’s no time for a workout?
postscript – I just signed up for the See Jane Run Duathlon, which is eight weeks from this past Monday. It’s a one mile run followed by a 12 mile bike ride followed by a three mile run. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Oh my gosh, what have I gotten myself into??? (I blame Susan!)