It’s a subject that rears it’s ugly head frequently in the book blogging community – how on earth do we find the time to work, go to school, have families, read, blog, catch up on other blogs we follow, have social lives, and do other things like eat and breathe? Reading, blogging, and trying to have a life is hard, and I’ve only gone and made it even harder for myself…
One weekday morning, around two months ago, I woke up for work and very randomly decided that after work, I would go to the gym. This may not be that surprising for a lot of people, but for me, it was incredibly rare. For the majority of my life I’ve been practically allergic to exercise, so why the sudden change?
I think it started a couple of months ago, when I took part in Pretty Muddy for Cancer Research UK, which consists of a 5K run, in mud, with various obstacles to overcome throughout the course – think massive blow up water slides, mud pits, and climbing frames, and you’ll get the idea. I entered with a group of friends, and we did zero training before the event. Our rationale was that we’d (power) walk it if we had to, but it was for a good cause and it would be a bit of “craic” (translation – good fun).
It was crazy good fun. A local radio station were playing loud music and getting the crowd pumped up, and there was a ton of atmosphere and buzz… true, I could only run for 2K out of the 5… But I did finish! By the end I was a knock-knee’d mess, but I felt like I’d accomplished something, and it felt good.
Fast forward a few weeks, and my car broke down, which *shock, horror* meant I had to walk to the local shop (actually, my exhaust fell off, but same difference). I’m 25 years of age, I should be fit and healthy, I should be in my prime! But that walk winded me, and I think that was the moment when I decided something had to change…
I’m BIG into working out my “brain muscles” – reading, writing, learning, gaining qualifications – I’m a certified Geek, but I’ve never been remotely interested in working out any other muscles. Unfortunately, the majority of my work and hobbies require long periods of time sitting on my butt, which isn’t exactly conducive to improving fitness levels. Any mediocre attempts at fitness in the past have all been related to trying to lose weight, which usually means you’re all GO for the first few weeks, but then quickly lose interest. THIS time, I wanted to exercise to get fitter. I wanted to get stronger, and yes getting leaner at the same time wouldn’t hurt. I wanted to get those endorphins that everyone keeps talking about!
So, I joined my local female-only gym, and I’ve been going a minimum of three times a week for the past 8 weeks (and counting). I’m doing intermediate spin classes. I’m discovering and building muscles I didn’t know I had. I’m getting hooked. I definitely think that if in another 8 weeks I can do an advanced spin class without falling over, I’ll be ready for The Hunger Games.
While this is all great news for my health and fitness, I’m sad to say it’s terrible news for reading and blogging. Going to the gym takes time, especially whenever you go to scheduled evening classes (my typical reading and blogging time), and when washing and drying your hair takes an hour, it just gets problematic. I’m writing this at 10.30PM with wet hair from the shower I had at 9.00PM… Have no fear! I don’t plan on going anywhere, I’ll continue to read and blog in my little corner of the Internet, but you may see just a little bit less of me… And with all of this exercise, I mean that literally 😉
Do any of you have a fitness routine, and does it impact how you manage your time? How do you all generally fit in your reading and blogging? Let me know in the comments!