Earlier this year when I amped up my workouts, I started worrying about making sure I was getting enough rest every week. In the past few months, I’ve averaged about 8-10 workouts a week.
In the past three or four weeks, that’s dropped down a lot. Last week, I only worked out four times. Two weeks before that, I only worked out three times! I think that’s the first time that’s happened for at least a year or so.
So why have I been working out less? I’m used to working out in the evening after work, but lately, there have been a few things getting in the way of that:
1. I’ve been busier in the evening hours at work recently. I have a new projects that usually has an early evening meeting (think between 5 and 6 pm) at least twice a week.
2. I started physical therapy for my hip (flexor this time, not popping) about three weeks ago. Last week, my physical therapist suggested I start going twice a week starting this week.
3. Last month, I started volunteering as an SAT tutor – a commitment that runs through the end of April 2014. My group holds sessions every Wednesday night for two hours.
Given my new after-work commitments, I really should be trying to work out in the mornings (even if it’s just 20 minutes of yoga at home), but lately I’ve gotten into the bad habit of lazing around in bed for around half an hour before getting up. I think it’s because I’m going to bed too late at night, but the cold weather definitely doesn’t help.
They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so I’m calling it right here. Time for a new habit. Starting tomorrow and for the next 21 days, I will get out of bed right when I wake up – either to work out if I have a workout planned or to juice, stretch, or catch up on emails if I’m working out in the evening. No more lying around in bed and wasting time for half an hour before work.
My whole new habit thing probably makes it sound like I’ve been really frustrated with all of the rest I’ve been getting and the corresponding lack of workouts, but that’s actually not the case at all! Earlier this year, I wrote that it was hard for me to take rest days because I love my workouts so much. I still do and mentally, it still can be hard to rest my mind on rest days, but my body loves the rest. I used to have this irrational fear that resting once or twice a week would slow my progress and turn me into a pile of mush. Ridiculous, I know. Now it’s clear that that won’t happen. I feel good, I feel strong, and I feel healthy. Yay rest!
I haven’t shared my workout plan for a while because it’s been a lot more fluid and less planned out lately. Of course, knowing me, there is still always some sort of plan. I’m going to share it today to try and keep myself accountable for my new habit:
Monday, 11/11: PM Refine Method & yoga at home
Tuesday, 11/12: AM yoga at home & PM Pilates
Wednesday, 11/13: AM TRX
Thursday, 11/14: AM Flywheel (barre+spin double or just spin) or AM Refine
Friday, 11/15: PM Refine or Yoga
Saturday, 11/16: AM Refine & Spin
Sunday, 11/17: AM Refine & Yoga
A whole lot of Refine happening this week! I have 8 classes left in my class pack which expires in a week so I’m trying to use as many as possible. Gearing up for a super sore/sweaty week!