Fighting The Winter Workout Blues

 
It's easy waking up at 6am when Boston looks like this outside. Is it spring yet?

It's easy waking up at 6am when Boston looks like this outside. Is it spring yet?

It’s easy to wake up for early morning outdoor bootcamp when the birds are chirping, the sun is shining and it’s a comfortable 60 degrees. When it’s pitch black and 20? Not so much.

We've all been here. I began to find myself coming up with excuse upon excuse for why I couldn’t get out of bed. But that extra sleep didn’t help me that much, as I seemed to find even more excuses for why the late class wasn’t going to work for me, either.

I decided enough was enough. I had to figure something out. Avoiding workouts all winter wasn't the answer, so I threw some gym clothes into my bag and was determined not to go back home without stepping foot inside of Beantown Bootcamp. My motivation carried over into my workday and I was able to get everything done in time to leave the office a little early and make it to the 5:15pm indoor bootcamp class.

The 5:15pm Indoor Bootcamp is my go-to this winter.

The 5:15pm Indoor Bootcamp is my go-to this winter.

What a game changer! Suddenly I could sleep in the morning, workout in the evening and still get home at a reasonable hour? Sign me up. There was only one problem: my office hours were 8:30am – 5:30pm.

A little lightbulb went off. Maybe my work hours were a little more flexible than I thought. Could I even ask my boss? Are people allowed to adjust their schedules just to go to the gym?

The moral of the story is that you'll never get what you don't ask for. When I finally made up my mind to make the request to my boss, he said yes without hesitation. Finding the time to fit your workouts in isn’t always easy, but sometimes a little creative scheduling is all it takes.

If you find yourself in a rut like me, try to think outside the box. When you put your gym clothes in your bag and make a promise to yourself to make it work, you'll be surprised what solutions you come up with. Getting back on track may be easier than you think.

 

Author: Jennifer Morris

 
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