Last night, after nearly a solid week with no gym time, I took my bike out to a nearby tow path by the Delaware Raritan River Canal. I was thinking of a short 30 minute ride, but within 10 minutes I was hooked. Ultimately, I rode a leisurely 10 miles in under an hour, enjoying the wind in my face and the sounds of nature. It was the most relaxing physical activity I’ve ever done and, I think, a lot more peaceful and centering than the yoga class I was going to take at the gym.
I enjoyed it so much, I did it again today. I even set my alarm (7am), so I could get out there before it got too hot and be home with iced coffee in time for CBS Sunday morning to start.
As a result, this weekend I reminded myself:
- I don’t need to step foot in a gym to get a decent workout.
- A decent workout doesn’t need to require high impact, high intensity activity.
- I got the same sense of peace from this bike ride as I get from a run, but I had more energy afterwards.
- When I skip activity (gym, bike ride, walk, etc.), I feel like a poopy blob.
So… I gotta figure out how to slip in at least two workouts during the week. I can’t save all of my activity for the weekend or I miss out on some of the benefits.
This week, student staff training starts, which means my meals are not necessarily within my control (nor do I have the time to prepare meals).
I’ve decided to pack extra snacks that could serve as additional mini meals (Greek yogurt and fruit, raw veggies and low-fat string cheese) and take advantage of some of the meals I have in my freezer.
Additionally, I have penciled in some workout dates: walking on Tuesday, spin class Wednesday or Thursday and another outdoor bike ride Friday.
If you couldn’t figure it out, these outdoor bike rides = Absolute Bliss.