Friday, July 08, 2011

Think outside the square

It can be difficult at this time of year to get your exercise in - daylight hours are limited, the weather can be truly awful, and if you have family commitments as well, sometimes it seems impossible to find space in your day to do what's necessary. Well, yesterday I discovered some people for whom "impossible" isn't in their vocabulary.

I had to do some field work in the morning, so booked a car from the office pool and headed out into the freezing cold, wet, windy day. It was about 12:30pm by the time I drove back into the basement car park, and I was looking forward to my lunch as I collected my files from the car before heading back upstairs. As I filled in the log book, I noticed a guy in shorts and t-shirt wander past towards the rear of the basement, and I was curious, so I peeked around the corner.

I discovered four guys in a space behind the parking area that would be about 4 x 4m. They had skipping ropes and mats laid out on the concrete floor and were in the middle of a great little circuit of skipping, pushups, crunches etc. I didn't stick around to spy on them, so I don't know what else they might have had in their program, but I was impressed at their ingenuity.

30 minutes of circuit-style bodyweight exercises, interspersed with skipping would have been a decent workout. They found a small but usable space, brought in some basic equipment that would require very little room to store, and devoted part of their lunch break to doing something active.

In the end, it all comes down to how important exercise is to you. If you make it a priority, you'll find a way to fit it into your life.


Sara said...

Agreed! If it's important enough, it will become as second nature as brushing your teeth! Just another regular part of your day. :) Great post!

Unknown said...

I agree too! This is where exercise dvd's can come in useful. I reckon anyone can find a spare 20 mins during their day to at least do something! Writing in a diary can help too. It's not a matter of not having time- it's much more a matter of commitment and importance- phew- I'll get off my soap box now

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