One of the best things about having my exercise routine is the routine itself. I love thinking Monday-pump, Tuesday-Run, Wednesday-Conditioning and Zumba etc. It’s become second nature and I really enjoy it (yes really, I know, enjoying the gym, who’d have thunk it!). It’s a ritual, a way of life, but I face a threat to this happy situation as my routine may be changed for several weeks.
My first thought when I realised that my routine was changing was: I can’t get to the gym! And that has probably helped me, in that I didn’t see the break of routine as a chance to have a holiday from the exercise. The odd missed class or run happens, I do know that, but a whole two weeks of losing my beloved routine was too much to bear.
So what did I do?
1) My first thought was what can I salvage? What part of my routine can survive? My runs are safe as they are early morning, and metafit was the one class I could make. So I knew I could do these.
2) Then I looked at the gym list. What alternatives could I do? Are there the same classes at different times or even different classes to try?
3) Re-jigging my work/life/family balance. I am lucky, really lucky. I have an incredible supportive husband who always supports whatever zany, madcap idea I have. After checking the class timetable I worked out that I could do several classes if my husband did even more taxi-ing around. He agreed.
4) I decided to keep to the classes I know. It could have been an opportunity to try new classes, but I enjoy those classes and am hoping this is a short term thing, and I can go back to ‘my normality’ soon. I also feel that I will be more likely to keep this routine up.
So it will be interesting to see how I maintain this routine. I am hopeful I can keep it up, mainly because I enjoy it so much. And that I believe is the key…
All the best,