Monday, March 1, 2010

So That's How I Need to Do That

We had friends in for dinner last night. The wife mentioned she was going to the gym at 6:30 this morning. I offered to meet her. Being expected and not wanting to yield the moral high ground gave me the turbo burst I needed. There were quite a few cars in the lot but Planet Fitness has a ton of machines and enough weight benches so that was okay. It wasn't very difficult, and I got home fully dressed and alert around the time I'm usually getting to my feet like a mummy with a hangover. And now I don't have to worry guiltily about when I'm working out.

On the way back from driving my son to school I heard yet another report on NPR about how exercise enlarges your hippocampus (you want this, apparently) and improves memory even if you are an old duffer.

So here's the plan: for this week only, M-F, I am pledging to go at 6:25 every morning and get it done before it gets ploughed off by the day's events. No matter what other factors are out of my control, I can do that.

Got any tips or hacks for getting your workouts done? I'm all ears.

12 comments:

  1. The only thing I've got to offer is what you're already doing - exercising first thing in the day before anything else can interfere with it.

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  2. Such a great plan! I am always WAY more productive at work if I can find time in the AM to workout versus doing it in the evening.

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  3. I'm with Gigi, the only thing that works the best for me is to get up early and get it done first thing in the morning. There is so much that can interfere during the day that I can and often do, put it off.
    If I've already done it, then I way ahead of the game. It does become quite easy to eventually to stay in the "habit".

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  4. Good thinking. I totally agree that we should control what we can and simply react positively to the things that we can not control.

    Stay with it this week -- I'm pretty sure you'll find positive results for the rest of the day!

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  5. That's great!! I wish I had the option of the early workout, but then CPS might get upset with me leaving my kids sleeping alone. LOL!!

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  6. Being expected to show up is a HUGE incentive. Take today. Nobody is expecting me. I "planned" to go for a run at 8am. It is now 9:04. Have I run yet? I have not. So planning on meeting someone else is a great tool for getting it done. Go you!! And yeah, I LOVE that feeling of being "already done" early in the day! You have motivated me to get the heck OUT there.

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  7. Good plan, and I hope you accomplish this. Getting up early to work out before work is SO hard for me, but I feel SO awesome the days I do go. Sorry I'm not full of advice for you, I'm looking for tips too! lol

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  8. Here's a tip (and it's for me, too, because I struggle getting out of bed in the morning even though I like early-morning work-outs):

    Get to bed earlier.

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  9. It sounds like the best way might be to tell a friend you will meet her there at 6:30 in the morning. :-) Good job!

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  10. Sounds like you got good advice and have a good plan. Have a great week!

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  11. Good for you! I can't warm up to the early a.m. workouts, but then again, I don't have a family around here yammering for my attention. :)

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  12. Good for you! I think that exactly what you did is the best way to ensure exercise: agree to meet someone at the gym, for a walk, for a run, whatever.

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