As I’m sure you know, you appreciate things more when you can’t have them. I appreciate time away from the house to exercise since I know my time is valued and I can’t do this everyday like I used to. It is literally a lifetime ago that I could exercise anytime I wanted to, go for walks or jogs at the park after work or before work, wake up at 5:30 for CrossFit at 6 a.m., be home by 7:15 to shower and get dressed and go to work. All that time for me!
Now, I get far less time for fitness. It’s really important to me to be active and healthy, so I make time for it. Twice during the week and twice on the weekends I try to go to the gym or a Define class. I don’t know how my schedule will change when I go back to work, but for the past few months this has worked.
One thing I have done to make the gym more fun is to add back one thing I used to do each week or each time I go. When I first started back after baby, I walked on the treadmill. Then I added the StairMaster, elliptical, jumping rope, kettlebell swings, barbell weights from CrossFit moves, planks, ab work with a stability ball and ab mat, spinning classes, and the latest–running!
I wasn’t sure when or if I would return to running. I ran a half marathon in December 2010, and after that, my IT Band never recovered. I got pregnant a few months later and ended up taking over a year off of jogging. A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to jog on the treadmill, so I downloaded the Couch to 5K app. It starts you very slowly with 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking on repeat for 20 minutes. After following it three times, I found myself wanting to go a little more than 90 seconds at a time, so I am fast forwarding through some of the days.
I am hoping to be jogging more continuous minutes soon with less walking. It feels surprisingly good to jog again. I hope my legs hold up.
I am looking forward to taking the stroller out for walks and jogs when the weather cools down…in November. Until it’s cooler, my exercise will be indoors by myself.
How are you active in the summer?