Gardening vs workout
Ever have an epiphany? I did. I assume if you keep reading you want to know about it.
So there I was last night over an hour tilling the garden, sun out, a bit cool. I got a great deal of it done. It is a large garden. Finished up and could feel all the work I had done. So I was not concerned about a work out as it is approaching sleepy time. My fitbit had me as burning a bunch of calories wrestling with that machine.
At work today, a few minutes ago actually, and thinking, I need to finish tilling the garden, I need to fix a door, and put a belt on the riding mower for all the heavy mowing. ( I do around the house with a push mower) Although I am sore and a little tired, it has not occurred to me to NOT do the work that needs to be done.
So, when I am not doing a lot of heavy work, how is it that I have ever considered skipping a work out? I really don't anymore, but how did I ever do that in the first place. Workouts are work that I need to get done just like the door or the garden. I am somewhat surprised and baffled. But then I think, as I look in the mirror, you could convince yourself that you aren't THAT overweight.....
I haven't skipped a work out for a month with two exceptions. One was due to joint pain. Joint pain is not to be trifled with. The other is if I am doing something like working in the garden, busting up cement with a sledge hammer, in short working hard at something else and getting my heart rate up that is equal to a work out, outside of my normal job.
Now I just look at it as part of what I need to do in a day. Just like work, dishes, feed the dog, and remind my MFP friends just how AWESOME they are. I made the decision ONCE to work out. I don't have to decide anymore on a day -to-day basis, I have already decided, I am working out.
And I will admit, I am skipping next Monday's workout as I have tickets to Lord of the Dance here in Dayton, OH. I will be enjoying an evening of dance. I will, however, work out on Sunday which I usually reserve for my recovery from the week and prep for the next week.
I am struck at how long it took for a workout to once again become just part of what I do. For me deemphasizing the workout, and making it just another part of my day before I relax has made the difference. It really is simply just part of what I do.