I started a new job in January of this year. Up until then I was doing Zumba two days a week and Jazzercise two – three times a week. When I started my new job, my hours did not allow me to keep this routine. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized how much this was affecting me. I found myself coming home from work and going straight to bed. I found myself sleeping in later – even though I had gone to bed earlier. I was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I found myself losing patience for my kids. I was arguing with my husband about silly things. Finally I realized that: A) I was not exercising as much I used to, and B) I had no time to myself. I decided that even though there was no time in my day to exercise, I needed to MAKE time!
I logged into my work email one morning and blocked off an hour each day of the week for working out. I found a co-worker who wanted to do the same thing. We have started going to the gym every day for one hour. We even decided to sign up for an exercise class that our employer was offering. It is two days a week. Our co-workers could not believe that we could find time in our extremely hectic schedule to do it.
The secret is: we couldn’t find time, we MADE time! We have been doing this for a little over two weeks and I have noticed such a big change! Even my oldest son, who is nine, has noticed a change.
I pick my son up from school every day and the first thing I ask him is “how was your day?” He usually tells me some crazy story that you would expect to hear from a third grader. He always follows his story up by asking me the same question. “Mom – how was your day?” he says. The other day when he asked me, I said “my day was great!” He was SHOCKED! He even said “REALLY? Your day was great? You haven’t had a great day in a long time!” At that moment I realized what a difference exercise makes! Even if you feel like you don’t have time, make time! Now that the weather is warming up, just go outside and go for a walk. Not everyone is as lucky as me and has a fitness center at work. Find a class that you could join whether it’s early in the morning, in the evening, on your lunch break, on the weekend, etc. You can find a class that works for you. Make it work for you. It will make a difference, I promise!
Here are two of my favorite local fitness studios and their schedule of classes:
- Jazzercise Williston Fitness Class Schedule
- Aspire Community Studio Schedule