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Exercise contingencies

I’ve officially been exercising for long enough that it’s become a habit. Double-over, actually. I think this is my 6th week exercising pretty much every day. I’m amazed at how easy it was to slip into this routine. I caught a ripple of motivation, and rode that wave to where I am today. Yay!

However, the semi-randomness of our schedule here means that I cannot work out every single day. I’ve been lucky in the way that the past few weeks have fallen. But that luck is running out a little bit, and I’m having to come up with creative ways to get exercise in. I am also finding times where I need to come up with contingencies for exercise on days when I know that I won’t be able to work any in.

Like today, for example. I knew going into the weekend that I probably wouldn’t be able to get out and get any exercise today. And so I planned for this yesterday by doing two day’s worth of exercise. In the morning I walked for my normal two miles, then did a full circuit of weights (normally I split upper- and lower-body weights into separate days). Then for lunch yesterday, I walked to Subway (about a 1.5 mile round trip). Between the extra mile and a half walk and the extra weight circuit, I made up for what I would normally do today. So if I don’t get to the rec center today, I’m covered.

I was exhausted, totally physically exhausted, when I got back from my walk to Subway. My body is still just getting around to the idea of being worked like this. But I also feel less stressed and more energized than I have in years!

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