Yesterday was my first day back to work after being on vacation for a little over 2 weeks. It was also the first day in over 2 weeks that I worked out for less than 2 hours in a single day. I know I was doing as much as I had time to do…a 30 minute super sweat session workout DVD by Bob Harper. And I felt good during and after the workout. But let me tell you, I felt like a slacker. I felt like I should have done more than I did, even though I knew there was no way I could have done more, not without losing sleep. And that’s definitely not an option.
On my way home from work, I even had the thought of “why bother? If I can only do 30 minutes, what’s the point?” Well, the point is that it’s still 30 minutes…30 minutes more than I would get if I just went home and watched some television program. And any exercise is better than no exercise, so any amount of exercise is beneficial to me and to my health, so therefore, it must be done. And I always feel better knowing I’ve exercised. And I didn’t let the ever decreasing voice of my inner critic win. Not even close. All he got a chance to do was ask his question. There was no hesitation on my part in retorting that I would not be skipping my workout.
Tonight is daylight savings…we get to “spring forward” and lose an hour. Not a fun prospect when you work a 12-hour shift like me and have to work both the day before and the day of daylight savings in the spring. I’m not looking forward to only getting 6 hours of sleep tonight instead of my usual 7 on work nights. I could forego my workout tonight and go to bed an hour early, but I don’t think I’d be able to fall asleep. So I will do my workout and go to bed at my usual 9pm. I’ll just be getting an hour less sleep. But I should sleep good tomorrow night as a result.
I wish I could workout during my work day. I work in a jail and do a walking visual of my unit every 30 minutes to check on the welfare of the inmates housed there and the security of the unit. The jail is 2 stories tall, so I go up and down 1 flight of stairs twice an hour for a total of at least 24 flights of stairs throughout the day. Seems like a lot, but it’s really not. They just installed these pieces of workout equipment in all the housing units. One side is a pull-up bar and the other side is a suspended abs station. Per agency policy, we’re not allowed to do any kind of exercise in front of the inmates because it can be seen as an intimidating behavior. But there’s nothing that says I can’t use the equipment during times that the inmates are locked up in their rooms. And I am quite curious to see if can even do a pull-up. So, I may start doing a pull-up each time I walk past the equipment during the times they are in their rooms.
I used to work out on my lunch hour because I do get a whole hour for lunch. I would do intervals on the elliptical machine, but then I’d be all sweaty afterward and even a quick rinse off with cool water wouldn’t help when I got back in my stuffy polyester-blend, long- sleeved uniform. So I stopped. Now I just read a book on my lunch break. That has the added benefit of allowing me to transport myself to somewhere completely not related to my job. So it’s very relaxing.
I try to find any way I can to add more exercise to my daily routine, even if all I do is choose to stand at my desk instead of sit (the desk is a high one, in between waist and chest level). I will just make up for only getting up to 40 minutes of exercise done on my work days by working out for hours on my days off. Haha!