You hear a lot about the importance of “making an appointment with yourself” to exercise.
But sometimes even that isn’t enough. On Tuesday I blew through four potential workout options I’d penciled into my schedule before finally squeezing in a short run while waiting to pick Colleen up from school. Luckily I ran out of excuses before I ran out of opportunities.
Once upon a time, when it came to exercising all I saw were obstacles. No time, our road was too busy to run on, blah blah blah. But now I look over even the busiest days for times and places to fit in a workout — and I almost always find them.
Tuesday was a work day, so I packed a bag to stop at the Y afterward. After work I blew off Option 1, the downtown Y, because I wanted to go out to Jefferson Pointe to return a Christmas gift. So I figured I’d utilize Option 2, the Aboite YMCA.
But it was such a nice day I thought it was a shame to work out indoors, so I decided to move on to Option 3, a 5-mile intervals run at the Ossian Trail on the way home. But then I got so drowsy on the drive home — I got up at 3 a.m. that day — that I decided I needed a nap first. Next thing I knew, it was time to go drop Ben’s sports gear at the high school. (Which I’m not counting as an option even though I often run there because all that teenager traffic is just nutso as school’s letting out.)
From there I needed to go pick Colleen up at the elementary school, which is near the Ossian Trail. I no longer had time for a 5-miler, but I did have 20 minutes or so. So I jogged from the school parking lot over to the trail, took a quick lap around and jogged back to the school doors just as the bell rang.
My Taxi Mom duties were far from over, so I could’ve run on the indoor track at the school during Colleen’s basketball practice. And if that had failed, I would’ve still had time to make it to the Bluffton Y after I picked her up.
And failing that, I could’ve done an aerobic step workout at home later in the evening.
So, eight exercise opportunities on a fairly hectic day. And I bet there could’ve been even more, if I’d needed to find them.