In the past few months, I’ve been extremely consistent with working out. This week alone, I worked out four times, but it didn’t feel exhausting or like overkill because I’m doing things that I: 1) really enjoy 2) find relatively easy to fit into my schedule 3) have people who I look forward to seeing 4) paid in advance lol.
At the beginning of the semester, I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t continue my Thursday morning yoga class because of my new teaching schedule. A part of me thought that I could try to fit it in by packing my work clothes, taking a shower at the gym and then heading straight to campus, but that would just require way to much from me in terms of planning, and if anything happened with the trains, I would be pretty much out of luck. I’m learning to be content and realistic about with what I can manage. I can’t do everything whether it be in terms of working out or school, so it’s more about figuring what my priorities are and making it work as best as I can.
Mondays and Wednesdays I do an early morning workout class at the gym. I have to leave my house a around 6: 45 am to make it in time, but it’s worth it. It’s starting to get darker and colder outside so prayers are appreciated to help me keep this up. I have the most control of my schedule in the morning because there’s no one sending me a time sensitive email, trying to come to office hours or asking if I can grab drinks etc. Admittedly, I’m pretty tired after these workouts, so I’ve definitely increased my coffee intake on these days especially.
Fridays For the past 8 weeks or so, I’ve been learning the choreography for a salsa performance class. At first, I was nervous that my Fridays nights would be taken, and I’d have to turn down all of the enumerable happy hour invites that I was sure to be getting—-that was definitely not the case. It’s actually been a nice way to end the week, and I enjoy the people for the most part. There’s also usually an extra practice that I attend on Sundays or Thursdays. I’m not sure how things will work once my salsa class is over, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
All in all, I would definitely say that I’m proud of myself for being so consistent with exercise especially given all of my commitments this semester. Working out in the early morning or in the evening is best and prioritizing enjoyment/pleasure with practicality when figuring out what to do has proven to be a good decision making approach.
How often are you all working out? Have you fallen off the wagon or failed to get on?