I know myself well.
I know that exercise helps to relieve my stress and anxiety.
I know that reading helps to spark my creativity.
I know that I’m a morning person.
I’ve never been someone who enjoys working out at the end of the day. Come 5:00 p.m. my body is tired and my brain isn’t nearly as sharp as it was at 5:00am; that’s just how I’m wired.
That being said, I have learned to adjust my exercise schedule to suit my body clock. This means early nights and morning workouts.
So, after an incredible evening on Wednesday (seeing The Book Of Mormon!), come 5:00 a.m. Thursday I was much too exhausted to even attempt a shower, let alone a work out.
I hit the snooze button and slept another hour before getting ready and heading in to work.
I was feeling lethargic and exhausted all day but had my gym bag with me as motivation to go after work.
I left work and got to the gym, expecting to leave within 10 minutes due to exhaustion. After 15 minutes of lifting, I decided to push myself to do some cardio.
Although I’ve never been able to do more than 10 minutes of cardio after a workday, I pushed myself to just TRY… and I’m glad that I did. Lo and behold, I had my first successful post-work cardio workout which lasted longer than I would’ve ever guessed!
I left the gym feeling like a new woman.
I was no longer anxious or grumpy; I was proud and excited about accomplishing something I hadn’t believed I could.
I believe in challenging yourself.
I think that we stand to gain more from branching out from the routine. Whether it’s a new job, a new project at work or even just an afternoon workout.
It feels good to call your own bluff and push yourself.