There is nothing like a three-day holiday weekend when you’re taking a break from alcohol to get you motivated to get back in the gym.
Until recently, a sunny, 75-degree weekend would
most likely always lead me to a mimosa brunch followed by a booze-filled day of drinking. Fun, right?!
And then a ridiculously rough day back at work following said bender. This part = not so fun.
It wasn’t until I actually rang in this new year sober that I realized that I really didn’t want to waste my two precious days off every week muddling my brain and wasting away anymore.
Not to totally hate on day drinking and having fun – I think it’s fine, or, rather, necessary to let loose every once in a while. Sow some wild oats and all that.
BUT, I also believe that there are other, healthier ways to let loose on a more frequent basis.
I realize it’s a bit hypocritical of me to start blabbing about the importance of exercise when I literally just got back into it after taking several months off [truth: honestly can’t remember the last time I went to the gym – it’s been years, at least].
However, that said, now that I’m back into the full swing of things, I’m becoming what some may refer to as a gym rat. Or maybe not necessarily a gym rat, but exercise and staying fit has become very important to my routine. And, actually, it’s something that is important, nay, VITAL to Miss Bella’s routine, as well.
So why the three-day weekend as the starting point [or any weekend, really]? Most would consider a weekend the worst time to start a new system. Generally, we’ll pick a Monday to add a new regimen of some sort. First official day of the work week – it just makes sense in our minds to add something else we aren’t all that thrilled about to an already scheduled day. Well, I already had to suffer through an eight-hour day at the office, might as well schlep my ass to the gym.
With that kind of mindset, that is absolutely not the right time to add fitness to your daily routine.
Exercise produces natural endorphins, but it’s hard to appreciate those endorphins when our brains aren’t looking forward to the task of obtaining them.
With nothing but free time and gorgeous weather on my hands, I felt that this last weekend was the perfect opportunity to boost my exercise regime. Bella and I started every day with a run [I’ve been tracking my progress with MapMyRun – love this app for those of you who are trying to get into running! It keeps you motivated.. I am always trying to beat my previous distance and time], and then cooled down the morning with a little hike on a trail close by. I found myself bored to tears mid-afternoon, and thought, What better time to go to the gym than now?
Truly, the best time to go if you’re trying to get back into it is on the weekend in the middle of the day. There is nobody there. I literally had the place to myself, which was wonderful. For me, there is literally nothing worse than going to the gym at six pm. Aka social hour. No, I am actually not here to work out my vocal chords. My hair is up, I’m sweating and I have no make up on – I MEAN BUSINESS, PEOPLE. #sorrynotsorry
If you’re worried about cost, shop around a bit. I go to Crunch [a) because it’s right across the street from my apartment, and b) because it’s only $10 – that includes classes – and all of the machines are brand spanking new!] Just because a gym is inexpensive doesn’t mean you’re getting what you pay for.
OR, if you’re really against spending money to get fit, GET OUTSIDE. Outdoor fitness is FREE! Running, cycling, yoga, SUP. And the best part about all of that is that you get to be outdoors. You really can’t beat that. Not in my mind, at least.