Y Notes

Struggling to Resume Exercise Routine

  • Ronda Graff
  • 07-Sep-2018

Since Monday was a holiday, everyone gets a free pass this shortened week to put off the inevitable: resuming a routine. (Who else kept thinking it was a Monday until at least 2:14 p.m. on Tuesday?)

With school back in session and sports practices underway and music lessons resumed, it is time to get back on a routine - on a healthy routine with more sleep, more exercise, nutritious meals and, in general, less chaos.

Monday, let’s aim for Monday with a full, glorious week ahead of us to establish a good, healthy routine.

But there is a lot of work ahead and a lot of bad habits to combat.

As summer progressed, bedtime at my house got later and later. It’s hard to go to crawl in bed - much less go to sleep - when there is still light in the sky.

As the first day of school approached, I tried to get my kids to bed earlier.

But even two weeks in, we are still struggling to eat dinner before 8:30 p.m. and get to bed at a decent time.

But I am determined to get the family back on a routine, whether it’s a meal plan for the week or making sure the designated homework area is clear of clutter.

And resuming a routine won’t just benefit the kids.

My exercise routine has taken a hit as of late because of disorganization, lack of sleep. and a general lack of enthusiasm.

People think I jump out of bed when my alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m. so I can arrive at the Y when it opens at 5 a.m.

In reality, I’m lucky if I’m on a treadmill by 5:30 a.m. these days.

I will readily confess that I didn’t show up until 5:48 a.m. Wednesday…and left at 6:06 a.m. for coffee. Priorities.

There are a variety of reasons why I’m struggling to get back into a good exercise routine.

Washing dishes late into the night, helping with homework that was “misplaced” until it was time for bed, or the inability to not watch whatever random Netflix show my husband is watching.

The excuses are infinite.

And it’s not just me who are struggling to get back into a routine.

Throughout the day, I regularly see people who were dedicated 5 a.m. exercisers, but have fallen out of practice over the summer.

After a variety of excuses, the conversation boils down to that they are out of their normal routine.

They swear they will get back into a regular regimen after school gets back in session or after the holidays or when they can get more than 5 hours of sleep.

Again, the excuses are infinite.

But the time has come to dig out those sweatpants from the bottom of your laundry basket.

While we all know the drill, here’s a few gentle reminders to get you back on track, whether it comes to exercising or just trying to fit something healthy back to your life:

Lay out your workout clothes the night before.

Whether it’s a swimsuit for a few laps in the pool or biking shoes for the indoor cycling class, you are more apt to fit in your exercise session if the clothes are out in the open and ready to go.

Develop a training schedule.

If you know you are supposed to do an hour on the treadmill or 20 minutes on the bike, you are more likely to stick with the plan.

Join a fitness class or find an exercise buddy. There is nothing like the guilt of missing a few classes or knowing that someone is waiting for you at the gym to motivate you.

And there is no time like the present.

If we don’t get a routine established now, we will soon be derailed by other important priorities, like giant pumpkin flavored lattes, endless Christmas cookies, countless holiday parties, where you are going to try just one…of everything.