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Back in the Saddle: A Weekday Morning Trip to My Gym

23 Apr

I’m an extremely anal retentive and impatient person. My inability to procrastinate pretty much anything can be superbly annoying. When I decide that something, anything, needs to be done, it must be completed immediately!

This “get ‘er done” mentality is what provoked my triumphant return to working out in the morning, a weekday morning that is. Okay, well actually it only happened one time. I have yet to make a habit of it again. And well, to be honest, the only reason I was able to motivate myself to get up and take a trip to my gym bright and early, was because I was working from home that day. It’s pretty easy to fit working out in the morning into my schedule when I don’t actually have to waste time commuting to my job or primping to look acceptable in public.

Anyways, my little morning tryst with my gym was a fantastic reminder of how great it is to get working out done with bright and early on a weekday! It’s a really great feeling of satisfaction to know that although the clock hasn’t yet struck 8am, I already have my 45 minutes of cardio in for the day.

It was also interesting to see the weekday morning crew at my gym, as morning gym go-ers are a remarkably different species. Here’s some of my observations:

  • Sanitation Standards: Before I could even mount my elliptical, I witnessed a middle-aged woman escorting an employee back to the ladies locker room, ranting about how something in there could be “contagious.” Yum. On the plus side, this woman was clearly freaked out, which means that someone at my gym does actually care about its sub-par sanitation standards.
  • Quickie Workouts: My morning workout consisted of 45 minutes on the elliptical. During this time I had three different neighbors. This doesn’t happen with the intense nighttime crowd, as people commonly stay on the machines until they’re sweaty enough to slide off. Therefore working out in the morning is awesome, because I get to be the elliptical champion (if this distinction exists in my mind, it’s real)!
  • Prime Parking: My gym is located in a shopping center that used to have a lot of parking, until some genius decided to build stores on top of all of those glorious spaces. At night finding parking is so difficult that a friend of mine actually gave up and left the other day. Apparently it is actually possible to find parking within a mile of my gym, you just have to get there at 7am. Who knew?!

Working Out with an “Uncomfortable” Pulled Muscle

19 Apr

One thing you don’t necessarily plan for when working out is being faced with a pulled muscle in your arse. Try explaining that one. If you’ve ever experienced a pulled muscle in an “uncomfortable” area, then you’ll understand how I feel.

As someone who is always working out and does not enjoy stretching (it bores me), I’m used to having sore muscles. I’m not exactly sure when or how this particular pulled muscle incident occurred, but I do know that it hurts! My first clue that I may had given myself a pulled muscle was when I literally kept experiencing a pain in the a*s while trotting along in heels this past weekend. Pretty soon I discovered that this pain in the a*s would continue to follow me when sitting on hard surfaces such as bar stools, walking (not just in heels), and of course while working out. Ouch!

That’s right, a normal person might have taken a few days off from working out after giving themselves a pulled muscle in the arse, but not this idiot! I refused to alter my workout plan at all to accommodate for my arse injury, so in the two days following my pulled muscle discovery I kept up with my normal Pilates and cardio routines.

Admittedly, working out with a pulled muscle really didn’t hurt that much, for some beautiful reason that I cannot explain. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been able to be such a ninja and tough it out like I did.

Moral of the Story:

Unless you’re on Dancing with the Stars or training to win an Olympic gold medal, it’s stupid to insist upon working out with a pulled muscle. Don’t follow my lead on this one. If you pull a muscle in your arse (or anywhere else), take a few days off from your workout plan and rest up. Your sore muscles will thank you.

Avoid Sore Muscles By Easing Into a New Workout Plan

26 Feb

My name is Laura, and I’m addicted to my new Pilates workout. Think this sounds ridiculous? Tell that to my sore muscles who are barely functional due to my inability to stop over-exercising. Yowza!

I admit, there are an infinite number of things way worse than a Pilates workout to form an addiction to, but still, I need to get a grip! Everytime I find a new workout plan that I’m excited about, I end up over-exercising and leaving myself nearly incapacitated due to my sore muscles.

Sure, any new workout plan worth your time is going to give you sore muscles. Consider this a badge of honor. You challenged yourself to use new muscles, and the soreness is a sign that you gave yourself a good workout. Instead of responding to this by going nuts and over-exercising, take it slow.

Ease into your new workout plan at your own pace. Take a few days off in between workouts. You don’t have to stop working out completely, just don’t go headfirst into your sweet new workout plan at 100 mph. For example, instead of doing my new Pilates workout six times in the first week that I started, I should’ve done it two or three times. Oopsie.

Oh well, if you try a new workout plan and end up over exercising like I did, never fear, the muscle soreness will go away in a few days. In the meantime, go easy on the workouts and take a nice hot bubble bath.