I woke up this morning and looked at my workout calendar. Today was a designated “REST” day! Part of me feels relief, while the other part of me feels guilt. I know that taking a day off from exercise is ok and actually a good thing for my body and for my overall performance. Muscles need to repair, rebuild, and strengthen. As a parent it is essential to take a day or two away from the workout and just focus on family time, but why does it always feel so wrong at the end of the day?
Here it is 7:45pm and I feel a void. Guilt. I had a full day. I went to the grocery store. I cut the lawn. I ran in the sprinkler with the boys. I de-haired the dogs. I have some chicken marinating in homemade tandoori sauce.
Heck, it is 94F here today~I don’t want to be outside running anyway. The air conditioner feels good! (Trust me, I rarely like the air conditioner on, but today is a MUST.) Yet, here I am wishing I could go for a quick jaunt around the block or maybe do a quick loop on my bike. I guess exercise has become habit, and I am okay with that 🙂
I googled “exercise habit” and this is what I found:
- Stick to a regular time every day. (Makes sense, but no way can I do this.)
- Sign a contract committing yourself to exercise. (aka sign up for an event)
- Put “exercise appointments” on your calendar. (make a cool calendar like mine)
- Keep a daily log or diary of your exercise activities. (I like CardioTrainer for HTC)
- Check your progress. Can you walk a certain distance faster now than when you began exercising? Or is your heart rate slower now? (check your pace/ speed often)
- Ask your doctor to write a prescription for your exercise program, such as what type of exercise to do, how often to exercise and for how long. (WHAT? This seems absurd to me.)
- Think about joining a health club. The cost gives some people an incentive to exercise regularly. (I have never been happier since joining LifeTimeFitness. It gives me sanity in the long winter months.)