Overcoming exercise limbo

My life is a little bit in limbo at the moment. It was easy when I was training for the half marathons and the marathon – I knew what I had to do and I did it. Now that these races are over, the sense of urgency with the training has evaporated. Added to that I will be working as a freelancer so I could be either working from home or in-house anywhere in the South East so I’m finding myself in a kind of exercise no man’s land. My gym membership will be cancelled and all the classes I go to in London will be too far away, so I’m having to make alternative plans and build in some flexibility depending on where I’ll be. On the plus side being freelance does mean I can dictate my working hours and actually do things in the mornings and evenings, so it means I can make more plans and keep them.

So, I’ve done some investigations looking for local clubs and exercise classes and here’s what I’m hoping my weekly exercise schedule will look like:

  • Monday: 8.30-9.30am – Bootcamp (Haywards Heath) – I’ll either cycle here or drive (5.5 miles)
  • Tuesday:  7.00-8.30pm – Running Club (Haywards Heath) – Drive to here
  • Wednesday: 13.00-14.00pm Yoga Class (Lindfield) – Cycle, drive or run here (approx 4 miles)
  • Thursday: 6.45pm onwards – Running Club 10k+ run (location variable)
  • Friday: 7.00-8.00pm – Bootcamp
  • Saturday: 9.00am – Park Run, Hove and/or Hot yoga
  • Sunday: 9.00-9.45 – Spinning or day of climbing and/or long run (8+ miles) or Dashing Divas Yoga Run (10.30am onwards)

I’ll also add to this a few exercise DVDs (I love Davina DVDs!), some weight training, and some running on my own around my local area either at lunch or in the morning.

How do you overcome exercise limbo? Do you make exercise plans or do you go with the flow?

5 thoughts on “Overcoming exercise limbo

  1. Always having a race on the schedule helps me. Without it I become a bit of a slacker (20 miles a week). Having a club or friend to run with is the other big one for me.

    • Haha, I love that you said 20 miles a week was slacking! 🙂 I agree – I need something to focus on too. It doesn’t need to be a race, but it could be a big trip that I need to train for. I’m climbing Mont Blanc in September and the best training is running and climbing so I need to start adding climbing to my schedule too.

      • Another side to the exercise limbo is that sometimes your body is just telling you that it needs a break. As athletes we often push ourselves in order to achieve our goals. Sometimes we push for to long or to hard and the old body needs some time to repair itself.

      • Very true! I had to have a week off work in January as I was training so hard I had anaemia and was suffering from exhaustion!

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