At lunch today, we were debating whether it was better for you to work out at night or in the morning.
While you can probably find a study to back whatever your own opinion is, it doesn’t really matter if the best time to work out is at night and you work the night shift. The best time for you to work out is whenever you will do it.
For me, that’s actually morning, even though I am in a serious love affair with my bed. I don’t get stuck at work in the morning. I don’t have Junior League meetings in the morning. I’m not tempted by happy hour in the morning. The only thing tempting me is my bed.
I’ve been looking for some post-marathon exercise motivation. We have team workouts at work, but I’ve been too busy to take time out to participate. Like most of you, my schedule is pretty full for December: with holiday parties, holiday shopping, plus the regular hustle-bustle.
So I’ve been looking for something to keep me on track.
I signed up for a CrossFit intro class yesterday. CrossFit was going to be my thing. But then I started looking at the Elements classes I’d have to do after. I wouldn’t be able to start for a few weeks, so I decided to hold off on trying CrossFit for now, and I bought a monthly package to Uplift for the month.
The best time to work out is whenever you will do it; the best kind of exercise is the kind you’ll actually do.
I mean, does this look like I’m exercising? No, it looks like I’m having fun, because that’s what running is to me. A chance to play outside.
I took a look at the New Rules of Lifting for Women, but it felt like work to me. I know people have gotten great results from it, but what I want right now is something I can’t make excuses for and that forces me to book workouts into my schedule just like I add meetings, events or social commitments. I know I’m not going to go out of my way to work out this month (geographically and figuratively), and I know I’m a bit burnt out on running, so I need something else.
Taking classes at Uplift feels like an awesome sweaty cocktail party, so I’m just gonna go hang out with my buddies there and lift things up and put them down for the month of December.
Add in a few races, some fun workout events, and suddenly I’m happy and excited to work out again.
Oh! And in addition to the awesome sales I posted about yesterday, my even more awesome run coach, Jess is doing a 2 months for the price of 1 deal through 12/7. Coaching must start prior to 1/31/14. I took five minutes off my half PR with Jess this spring and 8 minutes off my marathon PR this fall (finally breaking 4!!!!!) And Uplift is doing 25-minute express classes for the month of December. More info on their site.
1. Lotteries: who couldn’t resist signing up for the NYCM lottery? (Looks around and ducks.) Who actually got into the Nike Women’s Half lottery? Not me, but my credit card is happy.
2. How are you keeping yourself motivated to keep working out through the busy holiday or post-marathon season?