Our gym at work is closing down for a 3 month remodel….
This is going to throw a huge monkey wrench into my New Year’s Resolution of staying alive and exercising 4-5 times per week. I go to the gym at lunch and it really helps me get through the day. Humans aren’t built to work on a computer all day long. My shoulders are always tight, my back is sore, and overall I’m not feeling well. Yes, I have had an ergonomic review and my work station is set up correctly. I even installed software that stops me from working periodically and prompts me to do various stretches.
These all help, but I think the thing that helps me the most is going to the gym during lunch. I like to get on the elliptical machines for about 30 minutes and then do a few resistance exercises after that. The gym also has two yoga classes per week and I try to attend those as often as possible. Working out at lunch give me a great break away from my desk. I feel a lot more awake after lunch and can work at full capacity in the afternoon. If I go out for lunch, I’ll usually be very lethargic by 3pm or so.
I don’t know what I will do for an alternative. It’s winter in the Pacific Northwest now and it will be raining from now until next July. I know I won’t be running in the rain; that is too much trouble for me and running isn’t really my thing. I know I won’t stick with it.
Maybe I can set up a work out to do at home to at least get a little exercise.
Push ups (This is a great upper body exercise, maybe I can join Fat Guy Skinny Wallet’s 100 push up challenge.)
Squats (I can hold baby RB40 while doing squat. It’ll be a great work out, he’s getting really heavy.)
Planks (Thanks Sasha for suggesting this.)
I wish I still had my pull up station, but there is no room for it here in our smaller place.
If I can do 3-4 sets of push ups, squats, and lunges per day, that would at least keep complete muscle atrophy from setting in. I can also do 10-15 minutes of yoga to keep me limber. Maybe I can get a 10 lbs medicine ball to vary the workout a bit.
What about aerobic exercise? What can I do for that? I think that will just get dropped for now.
The remodel is inconvenient, but the gym will be much nicer afterward. I’ll have to make the best of the situation and keep working out minimally at home until the gym opens up again. After all, I kept the exercise resolution this long and it would be a shame to let that resolution fail with only two months left. I will call it a success if I can avoid gaining 5lbs this holidays. I can’t go to a gym after work since I have to help take care of baby RB40. If you have any suggestion as to what exercise I can do indoors while taking care of a baby, don’t hesitate to share.
Mid-day update: I went for a walk around the office buildings today and it wasn’t a bad 20 minutes walk. I climbed 6 flights of stairs in total and can probably add a few more. Let’s see if I can stick with this for 2 months.
I can’t believe nobody commented on the awesome costumes below.
Have a safe Halloween!