It’s official, the New Year Crowd is dwindling. There were only 6 people in the company gym at lunch today and they were all Regulars. It seems President Day marks the beginning of the downturn in gyms across the nation. Every year the gym is packed to the grill right after the New Year and it is so difficult to find an empty locker, but relief is on the horizon. Rejoice!
One of my New Year Resolution is to Stay Alive! One thing I can control is to go to the gym and work out 4-5 times a week. For the most part, I have been able to do that. The week that Baby RB40 was born, I didn’t get anywhere close to the gym, but I’m back this week. Other than that, I think I had one or two 3-days week and that’s it.
What is my secret to getting to the gym 4-5 times a week?
- I schedule in gym time 5 times a week. I plan to go to the gym at lunch every working day. If there is a meeting or other conflict with gym time once a week, I will still be on track. I am one of the Regulars.
- I mix up my workout so I don’t get too bored. I do yoga 2x a week, boot camp 1x a week and regular work out 3x a week. My regular work out routine is 30 minutes cardio plus 15-20 minutes weight lifting, then a few minutes of stretches. My cardio work out is on one of these machines – elliptical, rowing machine (which you can see has great benefits), or bike machine. My weight lifting work out includes pull up, push up, bicep curl, leg extension, leg curl, back extension, upright row, shoulder raise, sit up, crunches, ab bicycle, and seated row. I only do 3 sets of 4-6 exercises per work out depending on how I feel. For example, I did pull ups, curls, seated row, and abs today. I have been using pretty low weights since my early 30s because I don’t want to get bulked up.
- I bring my Zune to work out. I can catch up on all my NPR podcasts and listen to music while I work out. Yes, I realize I must be the only guy without an APPLE iThingamajig, but I got a deal on the Zune and I just need to play music/podcast.
- Make it a habit. I’ve been working out for years and it’s a habit for me now. I know the gym does not work for many people, but there are always alternatives. My father in law goes for a long walk every day and that works for him. You need to find the right activities for you and schedule them in regularly.
Let’s bring it back to Personal Finance. Regularly saving and investing draw a parallel to going to the gym. If you set up automatic saving plan and regularly save and invest, you will have more healthy personal finances. Make it a habit and your portfolio will be in great shape eventually.
How about you? Did you make a fitness resolution in 2011? Are you sticking with it? Is it still crowded at your gym? 😉
ps. It was a snow day. That’s why there were only a few people in the gym today, but I do see the numbers going down gradually.