Talk about having one stressful week! If it was not one thing it was definitely another. My week has been slammed with meetings, long office hours, requests and demands. Midterms were this week, the kids were away on vacation without us – and, not to mention, all the normal daily household duties. Can you say, “Whew!?” Not only did I find myself stressed out, but I was beyond exhausted!
Once I was able to get home, all I wanted to do was unwind and relax. I wanted nothing more than to grab a glass of wine, tune into my jazz station, do absolutely nothing and enjoy it. There’s nothing wrong with that picture, right? Wrong! What about my 10,000 steps and my personal training sessions?
I will be honest; this week doing the things to improve my health seemed like such a difficult task. Not only was it hot outside, but I was too tired to get out and walk. At the end of the day, the last person I wanted to see was my trainer, Mike Clibbens telling me to drop and give him 20 and to push myself harder.
Despite my exhaustion and delirious state, I knew what I had to do. Although having my couch take a firm hold of me and embrace me sounded like music to my ears, I knew that skipping my routine would eat me up inside. So, instead of giving in to laziness, I gave myself over to fitness. I would come home, put my sneakers on, grab my iPod and get to stepping, there was no stopping until I reached 10,000 steps and beyond.
There was also one day this week that I was stuck in the office later than usual. Of course, this was on one of the days I had to meet with my trainer. The easy thing to do was to call him and cancel; then I could go home and sleep! Again, I just couldn’t give in. Instead I called him and made arrangements to meet later that day.
What I learned this past week is that it is all too easy to give up on our routines when we are under stress and give in to bad habits. The natural tendency is to want to sit it out and just relax. For some, that does relieve stress but is it doing anything positive for our health? During this past week I learned how much of a stress reliever exercise and working out can be. I went into the gym super stressed and walked out feeling energized and ready for the next challenge.
I urge all of you the next time you are stressed out instead of reaching for the remote, a beverage, and kicking your feet up, instead lace those sneakers up and take a stroll, jog or walk and clear your mind of the day’s anxieties. You’ll be surprised how you feel afterwards.
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