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short-changing myself

Friday, April 08, 2011

So, the fact is that I work from 7:30am - 4pm. It really isn't that bad, a 7.5 hour workday (hour for lunch) and a 37.5 hr work week. The problem, however, is that if I'm going to workout, it needs to be BEFORE work. At the end of the day, I just don't feel like it and cannot motivate myself to go. Unless there's a REALLY GOOD class, and even then? Doubtful.

Now, most gyms do not have classes before 6am. The rec center near my house does have a M/W/F 5:30am spin class, but even with the class ending at 6:15 it can be a struggle to get to work on time (thanks traffic!). So now here I am testing out a gym closer to work, but their earliest class is the aforementioned 6am. And all 6am classes there are 1 hour.

As a result of the 6am-7am class, I end up leaving early. Which means no stretching. Which SUCKS. I know I'm short-changing myself here, as stretching is pretty important. But what is a girl to do? I need time to clean up, put myself together and drive to work. Then there are those days like today, where class runs late. WTH!?!??!

I know that I could change my work schedule back to 8:30a-5p, but let's face it. Who wants that? It is FANTASTIC getting out of work earlier in the day. But is it worth the sacrifice of stretching?

I'll have to let you know tomorrow. When the pain sets in.
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  • AWOLF24
    You'll figure it out, I know you will. I like the 7:45 and shorter lunch option - think work would go for that one??
    3490 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2870579
    same problem here! i just try to stretch in the shower LOL and also other times in the day if possible...
    3490 days ago
    Oh and PS....I don't stretch until before I go to bed on any workout days, it just works for me
    3493 days ago
    I have a similar situation and I work out half the time in the am and the other half in the pm. PM sometimes I like walking or running in the evening to let go of the stress of the day. Hope you find something that works for you!
    3493 days ago
    Is your work at all flexible? Will they let you come in at 7:45 and only take a 45 minute lunch?
    3493 days ago
    I think its time to consider workouts without a class. Stretching is so important. I always listen to my ipod when I workout anyway. How about a home workout, dvd or jump rope?
    3493 days ago
    I understand your frustration. I'm going to be starting a 7:00 to 4:30 compressed schedule in the next two weeks. With that schedule, I won't be able to make most of the classes that are offered at the fitness center here. It's frustrating. I really enjoy working in a group and feel I get better motivation having other people around who are either struggling as well or were in the same place at one time but have improved. I hope you're able to find that balance that you need.
    3493 days ago
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