Holy balls this week, my darlings. Holy balls.
Part of starting the #50APs challenge this week was to try to encourage all of us to find ways in our day to increase out activity. Maybe you’re already a runner and this is challenge is encouraging you to up your intensity or mileage. Maybe you haven’t been active and you’re starting to think of ways to replace sedentary time with active time. Like walking instead of taking the bus or taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
For me, the challenge is in continuing to tell myself that I cannot let excuses pop up to steal away my workout time. To make myself really think about how I am going to arrange my day to accomplish everything and still have time for physical activity. I really believe that when we plan our activity, the can figure out ways to make that activity only minimally impact our day. But I am facing a challenge to that already…
One of our cars is in need of repair and, because Mr. Isis is traveling this weekend, it has to be done tomorrow and I have to be the one to drop the car off. I hate, hate, hate taking the car for service. Waiting for the service center guy to take me to work and his leisure. Riding in the dealership van and making small talk. I hate it. And, it was going to cut into my running time.
Had this been summer, I would have dropped the car off and ridden my bike to work. That’s when I figured, why don’t I just run to work? I’ll leave early, send my stuff ahead with Mr. Isis, drop the car, and run the five miles to my office. Shower when I get there, and still be there in time for my am meeting. When I am done work, I’ll switch clothes, leave my stuff with Mr. Isis, and run back. I’ll log about 10 miles, get some great runs in, and not have to ride in the hell van.
The trick to getting activity in a week is not thinking about how you’re going to add something else to your schedule, but thinking about what you’re going to replace with activity.
What types of swaps are you currently making in order to get your exercise in this week?