A Basic Fitness Plan
I wish I were one of those people who love to exercise. I wish I woke up every morning wanting to go for a run to start my day off right.
But alas, I’d be lying if I said I did. The reality is that I’m just envious of those who love running.
If you look back through my blog you can see that exercise is something I’ve always worked to include in my life. Sometimes I run. I rarely lift weights. Mostly, I cycle. But regardless of what I’m doing, it’s something I have to make a conscious decision to do.
In fact, running a full time consultant firm while raising a 2 year old and trying to be a decent(ish) wife, means fitting exercise into my day is so incredibly hard. It’s just not a priority which means it’s a huge challenge for me to fit 45-90 minutes into my day for a workout and a shower when most days I barely have time to eat lunch or buy groceries. These days just the thought of adding 45-90 minutes into my days for fitness makes my head spin a little bit.
But, I know I need to. Not because I want to be a size 2. In fact, I know I’m never going to be a size 2, and I’m 100% okay with that. But, I do want to be healthy. And the shit storm that has been going on in my life has reminded me that fitness is not only good for shedding extra pounds, but also good for my mental health.
I know me well enough to know that I need to build a routine around fitness. When I get into a routine, whether it be running, or spinning, or even weight training, I can do pretty well at being consistent. But, the problem is every time in my life, something happens and I fall out of the routine. Last time, it was a horrible body shaming spin studio,. Then, I had some horrible major stomach problems that lasted for a few months. Then, the world’s longest winter happened, and really, I should hibernate like a bear, right?
So, rather then making some sort of profound dedication to including fitness in my daily life, or signing up for a class of some sort or signing up for a race in a few months, for now, I have a very basic plan. I’m just going to put aside the excuses and force myself myself to get outside and run. I am not adding criteria to my run (at least not yet). For now, it is truly as simple as get outside and run.
In fact, I am now 2 runs into my get outside and run plan. My 2 runs have both been 3.3 km in 26 minutes. I realize this isn’t the best, but right now I am just focusing on the fact that this is better then nothing.
And so my goal right now is to go for a run every other day for 2 weeks, then hopefully I’ll be back to having a basic routine. And maybe I can will start creating a few goals for myself.
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