Workout Wednesday: August 14

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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!)

  • Alas, when work expands to fill the time you need for the rest of your life, it’s for sure difficult to include time for “you” (for exercise, for socializing, for whatever fulfills you). I confess that while working [I just retired on May 31st], I resigned myself to “those weeks” when commuting & working time ate up TOO MUCH of my time, I’d just get less time for “me”. So I can’t offer much in the way advice – just reassurance that you’re not the only one to struggle with this. By this I don’t mean give up – keep fighting to grab that time you need for what’s important to you. Even if it means temporarily neglecting other things that cry for your attention.

    • Hi Susan,

      Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such a helpful comment. Yes, it does help to know that I’m not the only one who lets a change in schedule throw my healthy routines into disarray, so I appreciate your sharing that! I’ve decided that I will deal with the inconvenience for “one-off” early morning meetings but will push back on anything that becomes a regular occurrence. Morning workouts are just too important for my long-term health for me to let something throw them off if I can work around it.

      Thanks again for your comment,



    It happens to everyone. I got thrown off by running out of prepaid Pilates classes of all things.

    I must confess I stopped reading the post after seeing your cute pug on the treadmill. It’s fascinating but don’t tell my husband about it. He gets exercise walking our dog every day.


      Don’t worry, the secret of the doggy treadmill is safe with me. (Walking the Pug before dinner is my husband’s primary form of exercise, too!)