I am no fitness fanatic. However, I read Fitness and Shape magazines every month. Most often, they motivate me! I love their success stories from normal people (not celebrities who seem to have unlimited funds and time) and find them to be a real inspiration. The one thing that drives me nuts though is the incessant advice to 'schedule' your workouts. Maybe it is because I don't yet have children and their schedules to contend with. But really? I need to write it on a calendar?
People ask me a lot where I find the motivation to go to the gym 4+ times a week. The truth of it is: I just go. I rarely feel like it, but I always feel better after I go. It has become routine to me, like a third job even. True, sometimes I have to bribe myself with a beer or chocolate. Nothing wrong with a reward system! If it works for my dog, why not me? ;)
I recently read in one of those magazines that people meed to shoot for 150 minutes of exercise a week. I think that is a great thing to keep in mind. Not all of my workouts are a full hour long. For instance, tonight, I have to continue writing a 10 page paper for school. Therefore, I will try to get a good, sweaty 40 minutes in on the elliptical. Then I can still get home, shower, and try to cram 3 additional hours into this school project. If I get enough accomplished tonight, I will extend my workout tomorrow night to make up for the shortfall tonight. Is this what they mean about 'scheduling' my time?
I am also trying to incorporate more active activities on the weekends. They might not be considered a workout, like fishing, or puttering in the yard, but it's better than melting into my couch. Sometimes, they are a workout, like pushing a field 9+ times while pheasant hunting with Andy and our beautiful, talented dog, Claire. Hiking uneven terrain for hours is a killer workout! Still, often these are impromptu adventures, not something I pencil in.
Maybe I am lazy. Maybe I am less than organized. I just don't see writing my workouts on a calendar.
Does anyone schedule their workouts in? Does it work for you?