Keeping active when time isn’t on your side

My alarm has gone off at 0450 every day for the past ten days. It will continue to go off at that time for the next week.  Lunch breaks aren’t a thing.  Ten hour days in the office are. I’m tired. This means I have to be canny with my time and what, if any, physical activity I can do.

Getting up even earlier isn’t an option as I’m rubbish at going to bed in the first place, so I’d be running on below empty. Not wise.

By the time I get home after work I’m in full-on zombie mode. PJs appeal, heading back out in the evening does not.  The one exception is Wednesday spin. It would be bad form if I, as coach, didn’t turn up. (I was still in PJs 30minutes before the session last week.)

So what have I done?

  • Banned the lift at work. This is so easy to do, yet most of us turn to man-made mechanics as a default. I’ve never used a step counter before this week but purely by taking the stairs I’ve hit around 5,000-7,000 steps at work and my job involves a LOT of sitting on my bottom!

  • Used trainers, not the tram. Every few days I’ve run to the train station on the way home. It’s only around 25-30minutes and my goodness I’m tired doing it but it means I’ve actually moved my legs and got a blast of fresh air.

  • Planned ahead. I knew I wouldn’t have the energy to make the club swim at 7pm on a Sunday evening. But some days I was confident I could find the motivation somewhere to go the pool or the gym for 30minutes on the way home.

  • Been kind to myself. It’s rare that I have to work 22 days without a break and at the moment work is the priority, not training.

  • Not succumbed to too much junk food. With people on nights and long shifts, there is a lot of crap food around in the office. I’m drinking more coffee than I usually do, but I’m still shovelling in lots of fresh fruit and veg at work and drinking plenty of water. It really helps.

“I don’t have time” is such a poor excuse for not being active. We all have time. Granted, not a lot of it at some stages in our lives, but making the effort to move is really important on so many levels.  Just don’t take the lift to get there.

WellnessHelen MurrayComment