Making time {MIMM}
Nov
10th

Hello lovelies and happy Monday! I hope you’re getting your week off to a mahhhhhhvelous start.

Today’s Marvelous in My Monday post is all about staying active even when you’re busy. This is something I struggled with for a long time, and I think a lot of other people struggle with as well. When your schedule picks up, your workout feels like the easiest thing to cut to save time. Right?False. First, if you’re like me, letting your workouts fall by the wayside just leaves you feeling crappy, cranky, and even more stressed by whatever stressed you enough to drop them in the first place. Second, exercise can make you more productive, so you aren’t really “saving” time, you may actually lose time overall.

Even though I know both of those things, I still have to really fight my natural tendency to keep working and force myself to stop and get my body moving. I mentioned yesterday that with the end of the semester approaching, things have been getting pretty hectic. Even though I worked a lot this weekend, I still fit some active time in, and that’s what’s making my Monday marvelous. 🙂

Spinning

I haven’t been to spinning in around three years, and I only went a few times. Back then, it felt like everyone was into spin, and I wanted to to try it out. I liked the workout at the time, but I got bored, and the seat was killing me, so I spent the whole time watching the clock. Recently, I’ve been looking for something to mix up my normal routine, and a lot of fellow bloggers have been talking about spinning (mostly runners cross-training because of injuries), so I decided to give it another chance this weekend.

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Verdict? I loooooved it. The whole time I just felt so in tune with how hard I was working, the music was super motivating, I was dying in an awesome way, and I left feeling super energized and invigorated. I’ll definitely be going back next weekend. Yay!

Hiking/walking

On Sunday, John and I headed across the river to check out the trails on the “mountain” we can see from our porch. It turned out to be more of a walk with a few inclines than a hike, but it was a beautiful couple hours, and we got to bring the dogs, which always makes things more fun.

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The trail started out right by the river, which was really nice, although slightly nerve racking since Luna looooves to swim.

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And, it was super cool to see the rock face up close after taking pictures of it for over a year.

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After a while we took a side trail up part of the mountain. It was pretty awesome since most people stick to the path by the water. It felt like we were a million miles away from everything, with the river on one side, the mountain on the other, the leaves completely covering the trail, and no one around.

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There are tons of cool (and slightly creepy) old ruins in the area. The lake on the far side was once used to supply all of the ice for New York City. They harvested it and floated it down the Hudson. Isn’t that crazy to think about? We think all the old buildings are leftover from those days.

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I love that John and I can get in a workout and spend time together at the same time, without having to plan it to be either. Also, he loves goofy pictures just like I do. I’m so lucky 🙂

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Oh you know, just shovin’ down trees.

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And doing some overhead presses. Nbd.

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It was a beautiful and marvelous study break.

It can be hard, really hard to commit to taking the time to be active, but I try to remind myself that if I don’t, I’m only hurting myself in the long run. So far, so good. Hopefully I can keep it up through December!

Thanks to Katie for hosting!

Questions: Have you ever fallen for a workout you once passed up because you didn’t like it? Do you feel more productive on the days you work out? Are you and your partner/bestie/person (Grey’s anyone?) active together? What’s making your Monday marvelous?

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17 comments on “Making time {MIMM}

  1. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    Love this post 🙂

    My boyfriend and I have been going on walks after dinner now the weather is better. On Saturday we did our first run together in a year or so which was really nice.

    I have learned to love exercise I used to hate, like running. I used to avoid running at all costs when I was younger and now I love it 🙂

    Happy Monday!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      That is awesome! I can’t say I’ve learned to love running but I have learned to love my weekly long runs with John. It’s a great way to spend some time together and help the run go by faster 🙂

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      I’m jealous of your cacti hiking! I’ve only seen cacti actually growing out of the ground one time, so to me it’s amazing! Although it a hard to beat foliage 🙂

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      That’s awesome! I feel like a lot of people have that experience with yoga. I think it’s a combination of changing how we approach health and fitness as we mature and the fact that there are so many styles of yoga so the first one someone tries may not be the best fit for them.

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      One of things that I love about teaching group x is that I CAN’T skip those workouts, whether my busy self wants to or not!

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Yeah I go back and forth on the gym. I’m lucky that I’m an instructor so I don’t have to worry about a membership or anything.

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  2. Paige@FitNotFad

    LOVE this! I completely agree…it’s easy to cut out workouts but always makes you feel worse in the end. Whenever I’m really busy and am not feeling it, I take my dog for a walk. Even if I just can’t make myself do a full workout, walking at least 1.5-2 miles with him gets me out of the house, spending time with him, and is exercise in its own way. PS your pictures look so beautiful!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Yes! Love that! John usually does all our dog walking but I will join him sometimes to keep myself moving if I’ve been cooped up studying all day and too tired to do anything more.

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Me too!! I’m so glad your posts and IG pics inspired me to go, I’m hoping to make it a regular thing through the winter at least 🙂

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  3. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    I felt the same way about hot yoga! I hated it for some crazy reason and now I can’t stop! I think it’s definitely important to find time to exercise even when you’re busy but only to a certain degree. I’ve found myself scheduling my workouts before or after crazy busy days when I probably should have cut myself some slack and allowed myself to rest. We forget that being busy can still count as being active! Unless of course you’re sitting at a computer all day 😉 Love all of the pictures!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Such a good point! I should have included that. Like all things, you still need balance, and you still need to listen to your body. Rest is still so important, and sometimes what you really need is a nap 🙂

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