Sacrifices must be made… but not by me. We laugh at work about the amount of professional pain we deal with in the name of sending the organization forward. Some of us do the same thing in other aspects of our life too. We have lives outside the gym. When sacrifices must be made, we’re often the first to make them and working out is often the first to go. Having needs and wants prioritized helps with time management, but there are times we get overwhelmed and we can use those priorities to make hasty decisions.
I’ve had commitments bump up against each other in the worse way. I’m tired, a work time meeting ran late, the gym is thirty minutes away, and I need to pick up my child from school in an hour. My first reaction is to roll my eyes and wonder if it is Monday. My second reaction is throw my hands up in the air, give up, and just totally erase one thing off the schedule. When I think about it, that’s not the right solution. That’s a spite filled reaction at the situation and leaves one of my priorities off the list. I take a step back and try to get creative when my routine is not going to work.
Usually that is what it comes down to – finding a way to meet what is usually solved with your comfortable, dependable routine with something DIFFERENT and perhaps not optimal. If my comfy routine is not going to work, I pick a short workout to do somewhere along my schedule rather than the gym. Other times I work it into the end of my day. Other times, I’m so tired and deprived of rest that throwing up my hands and giving up on working out for the day is actually a smart idea.
The point is that we need to be flexible within our routines so we don’t feel like sacrificing fitness is the only option. Fitness, health, and wellness should have some stress lowering element to it. Once it spikes your stress and the defeatist attitude comes out, it has become counterproductive. Set yourself up for success. Scope out places to exercise around the places you’re at during your day. Keep an emergency gym bag stocked and accessible (in the car, office, on your person). Have the mindset that you will find a way to meet your commitment to your priorities. Forgive yourself for breaking a routine and then be creative and flexible enough to come up with a way to meet its intent.
Sunny Norwood Buck
Fitmark Ambassador 2013
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