Hey there! Boy am I glad Tuesday is over. The only thing getting me through my day was thinking about my afternoon run in the park with a girlfriend — hooray for Running Tuesday! I got my run + kettlebell routine done by 5:15pm – bam! That seldom happens.
One more longgg Wednesday and then it’s a 4-day weekend in the SUN!
Look at that! Spring!?
Speaking of school and running, I thought today [Running Tuesday #86820] would be a good time to answer a reader’s request:
Alyssa – a lot of students struggle with finding the balance between academics and exercise, so know you’re not alone on this one. First off, although I am a full-time student, I currently do not work [besides an internship], which leaves a fair amount of “free time” to fit exercise into my schedule. If I am training for a race, I am more adamant about sticking to schedule; that said, I do believe in rest days. It is also convenient for me that I have an inviting gym on campus, so I don’t have far to go to get in motion. I love to exercise. Athleticism is something important in my life; it’s one of the few things that brings me happiness. I’ve been working diligently on adding more “happy” to life recently, which means that often exercise is higher on my priority list than perhaps it should be? My tips for any of y’all that may be struggling with fitting in fitness would be:
1. Pencil it in. Whether it be a class at the gym, or a jog with a friend, put it in your planner just as it were a class, meeting, work shift, or other obligation. [I use Google Calendar.]
2. Buddy up. Ask a friend if they’d be interested in a regular workout date once or twice a week. If you have a hard time motivating yourself, perhaps some “peer pressure” is what you need.
3. Pre-game [LOL!]. In the morning – or better yet, the night before – pack your bag with workout gear [outfit, shoes, iPod, watch, power snack, etc.] and take it along to school. Instead of returning home to gear up for your activity – where one will most like get distracted – it’s easier to convince yourself to stick to your plan and get in the game.
Life is a balancing act. For me, I’m currently having an issue of finding a balance between my [social] life and sleep =/ I wonder how many typos are in this post, as I’m pretty sure my eyes have been at half-mast as I wrote.
My lights are going out before 10:00pm.