Exercise in the Small Town

datePosted on 07:58, November 30th, 2012 by Small Town Mommy

I have fallen off the wagon. No, I don’t have a drinking problem, I have an exercise problem. I know I should exercise, it’s the follow through I have a problem with. I was doing great for a while. I managed to work the gym and yoga into my schedule. I was getting myself into shape. Then the power went out. Let’s be honest, when I am struggling to shower, working out seems pretty self indulgent. So I stopped.

That was almost a month ago. I haven’t been back. It kills me but I don’t remember how I was fitting trips to the gym into my busy schedule. I know I was able to do it but when is the question. I truly don’t remember. Do you have any suggestions when I can fit in the gym with work, kids, house and everything else I have happening?

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8 Responses to “Exercise in the Small Town”

  1. Ann on November 30th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    what’s a gym?….lol

  2. Leanne on November 30th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    The only way I EVER get to a class is to promise my girlfriend to meet her there. She does the same and then we text each other and shame each other into going. :)

  3. Pricilla on November 30th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t exercise. The publicist doesn’t exercise. The cats don’t exercise. We are slugs

  4. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on December 1st, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Once you get out of the routine it really is hard to get back into it – said the woman who always procrastinates any time the words “work out” are uttered. ;) I’m really trying hard to at least break out the WiiFit a few times a week – I need to step up the pace and get off my ass more often. ;)

  5. laurie m on December 1st, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    1. Schedule it in when you plan your week and finalize your day. If it’s not scheduled, it will definitely not fit in. If you have a regular day and time each week you do certain workouts or activities, it is easier to remember, but have backup plans in case the original activity/time does not fit in.
    2. If you have an unpredictable schedule or kids [being redundant] try to schedule it in the morning. The more hours that pass in the day, the greater the likelihood that something will come up and thwart your workout.
    3. If you go to a gym or activity, pick one close to home, office, or other appointments, to reduce travel time before/after. It’s easier to fit in workout plus drive if it’s closer. If you can be motivated to work out at home, that’s the biggest time savings in travel.
    4. Find something you enjoy. Don’t pick running over walking because it burns more calories faster if you hate running. If you get easily bored with one thing, vary your routine between many things, eg. aerobic dance, walking, yoga, ballroom dance, tennis. Match up the things that take longer when you have more time, low intensity things later in the day when tired, short walks when you have 10-20 minutes.
    5. Do not overlook the social aspect of group activities. People enjoy the camaraderie of a group ex class, so it encourages them to go back, exercise more often, and support one another’s goals. Also, once in a group class, people tend to stay for the whole class, so they are motivated to work out longer than they might on their own.

  6. betchai on December 1st, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    sorry, i can’t be of good help giving you advise since i do not go to the gym :( my exercise is my daily walk, and hiking on weekends

  7. lin on December 2nd, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I’m with ya, pally. Ever since my daughter broke her ankle, I haven’t swam much. I have to drive her to and from school and there goes my pool time. Now that she is getting better, I have to drive her to physical therapy on top of the school route. Ugh. Well…there is January coming…

    Let’s just try a little harder when we can. Being a good mom is more important than being a hot mom, right? ;)

  8. meleahrebeccah on December 4th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    sadly I have no suggestions, mostly because the only exercise I get is walking from my bed to my desk.