It’s been almost unbearably hot around here – high 90s and into the 100s. My Grandpa told me he was day dreaming us sledding when I was younger just to try and cool down. For New England, it’s been unpleasant. Obviously the last thing I’ve wanted to do was sit around with a hot lap top heating me up further. I’m sure you understand.
Today it’s cooled down. A lot. And it rained all afternoon. It was the kind of day you want to come home from work and curl up on the couch and take a nap. Maybe snack and watch a movie. Be lazy.
But I had ‘scheduled’ myself to go to Zumba after grocery shopping. There’s nothing forcing me to go – it’s all a mental scheduling. Sure, I pay good money to be able to go to Zumba. But I paid for unlimited classes in the month, and as usual, I’m way over the break even point for if I had paid per class – so I already feel like I’m getting a deal. So, see, nothing making me go.
I skipped last Wednesday because my knee was feel wonky (technical term) and thought it best to lay off for a day. Plus I had some things I wanted to get down around the house (don’t ask if I got them done…). It would be easy to again tell myself I’d go tomorrow, or Wednesday, maybe just do a workout video at home – that’s always an option – and be able to relax and get some housework done (but let’s be honest, do I ever actually do that?).
Driving home from the grocery store in the pouring rain, I thought about what I would do if I skipped Zumba. Take a nap? Read? Do some laundry? All tempting in their own ways, I mean there’s always something else that could be done, that needs to be done. But something I read in the last few weeks has really resonated with me.
You’ll never regret a workout[run] you did,
but you’ll always regret one you didn’t do.
Something like that. A play on the “never regret what you did, only what you didn’t” quote. I can’t recall where I heard this related to workouts or runs, but a quick Google search shows quite a few versions and origins.
This concept got me to Zumba tonight. And guess what? I don’t regret it. It’s gotten me to the gym, races, on the road, and out for walks of the last few weeks.
I won’t sit here and say “Workouts always make me feel amazing and wonderful and life is so good after a run no matter what!” Because I’d be lying. Through my teeth. Sometimes they suck and are no fun at all and I can come up with 1,001 different things I’d rather do at that moment.
But, no matter my mood, I’ve never come out of a run or workout more upset, angry, or sad than I was when I went in. It doesn’t always fix my mood, funk, or situation, but it’s never made it worse, and the majority of the time I come out at least a little better than I went in.
The last seven months – yes, all of 2011 – I’ve spent time, energy and money on making staying active a priority even when I didn’t want to. And I’ve been successful, at least in my own eyes. Exercise and deliberate activity has become a part of my almost daily routine. And now, I think I’m finally rounding the corner where it no longer has to be viewed as just priority on the list, it’s becoming a necessity to my day. Just like brushing my teeth, taking vitamins, or eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sure, maybe you miss your vitamins on occasion, or you’re running late and don’t have time for breakfast before work every few weeks. And, I think we can all admit, there have been times we’ve fallen asleep at night before brushing out teeth.
But one day of missed vitamins, breakfast, or teeth brushing does not undo all the work you’ve done, and the habits you’ve formed. The same goes for running and working out.
Never thought I could be one those people.