Friday, November 18, 2011

Just go already!

We've all been there.  The "I'd planned to the gym earlier, but I waited, and now I'm too exhausted / don't have the time to go" situation.  I confess, that's what happened to me today.  Instead of going to the morning spin class on my calendar, I made up excuses for why I shouldn't: the pain in my knee from last spin class might act up again, I'm feeling tired and won't focus, I'm hungry and need to eat a full breakfast and digest before going, I should really get a step ahead on my work and errands for the day... you get it.

In my gym clothes, I proceeded to go about my day but not at the gym.  To my credit, I did some light weight work while watching TV, but then just went about my business.  Before I knew it, it was 3:00, and I still had a lot to do before my 5:45 train. Eek.  But knowing that tomorrow I would not work out at all, I'd regret not getting my heart rate up today.  So, I laced up and went.  In 30 minutes, I worked up a sweat running intervals on the treadmill, and I realized that as much as I sometimes dread my workout, it feels great during and after!  From the gym, I went straight to run my last errands before heading home to shower, eat, and make my train in plenty of time.

The point?  JUST GO ALREADY!  Why put off your workout until later, when other obligations will just get in the way?  In my experience, working out early is the way to go.  But, even more important: It's never too late to fit in that workout.  You missed the morning class--so what?  Just put on your sneakers and commit to fitting in even a short workout; it'll be better than the "do nothing" alternative.  You can always squeeze in the time, even later in the day.  And trust me, you'll feel SO much better after you do!!

Next time you find yourself putting off your workout, just suit up and go already!  Better late than never.  I know it's later, and you're tired, and you have things to do... but you can always squeeze in the time. I dare you, and I promise you'll be glad you did!

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