This led me to thinking about another thing I’m a little anxious about during our week in Arizona – exercising. In a typical week, I workout five or six out of the seven days. Yes, there might be a workout or two throughout the week that isn’t super challenging or lengthy, but it’s still exercising. I started thinking about how I’m going to be able to exercise enough while I’m in Arizona. The questions that flooded my mind: How will I be able to fit in my workouts when it will be so busy? Where will I workout with no gym or home equipment? Will I stay committed to exercising since my schedule will be all over the place? Some of you may think my thoughts and worries are ridiculous, but this is all part of me overcoming my disordered past so please bear with me.
These thoughts and worries made me decide to come up with a “game plan” while I’m on vacation in Arizona. Here it is:
First and foremost, remember that I’m on vacation. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Don’t stress about it.
Hold myself accountable to getting in some sort of exercise 4 days of the week. It doesn’t need to follow my “normal workout routine”, just as long as I’m doing something active.
Incorporate exercise into our family time. For example, we can go walking or running together; plan a hike; play a game of basketball, soccer, or other fun sport; find a gym nearby where we can take a fitness class. Luckily I have family, my siblings in particular, that are just as active as I am and love fitness as much as I do. I’m sure I won’t have a problem finding someone to do something active with. Plus, the weather is always gorgeous around Thanksgiving in Arizona, so there will be no excuse to head outdoors.
Take along a few of my fitnesss DVDs. A couple of the DVDs I have don’t require much extra equipment, so I can just pop them in and get my sweat on!
I think my “game plan” will really help me get a reasonable and realistic amount of exercise in to make me feel good without stressing about it. I felt so much better and less stressed after I put my “game plan” on paper and truly agreed to it. I even talked to my husband about it so that he can help hold me accountable to it, and so that he can help suggest active activities that others would enjoy.