I love to run … on most days anyway. Of course there are times I’d rather sleep in or lay on the couch and veg, but ultimately I know working out will always make me feel better.
My routine is a little brutal. I usually wake up at 5 a.m., brush my teeth, throw on my workout clothes (in less than 8 minutes mind you) and then commute 30 miles to work. Lucky for me, our company has a pretty awesome gym, so I sweat it out for about an hour, shower and then get into the office by 7:10 a.m.
As a type-A doer, this schedule helps me start my day on a positive note. I feel accomplished, productive and healthy. It clears my head, gets the juices flowing and energizes me before the sun even rises.
Some people think this routine is crazy, but when you’re juggling three kids and a full-time career, you squeeze the workouts in when you can, and for our household, this regime works.
Beyond the schedule though, I’ve come to realize I love fitness because it is so pure. You get out of it what you put into it. You can’t always say this about your work – we all know there is office politics. Someome plays the game better, so they get rewarded or promoted. And as many of us tell our kids, “Life isn’t always fair.” There will always be those people who are just so damn lucky. Maybe they have a rich grandmother who gave them the down payment for their house, or they find someone else to always foot the bill on trips. And don’t even get me started on our tax system and social programs and … well you get the picture.
But fitness, running – it’s pure. If you want to drop the pounds or tone up, you simply need to do the time in the gym and get the miles in. I love the control I can have over my results. It’s fair and just and shows me that hard work – at least in this space – can still pay dividends.
Are you passionate about fitness? Do you have an area in your life that inspires you to work hard?