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. 🙂
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.
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!
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.
The trail started out right by the river, which was really nice, although slightly nerve racking since Luna looooves to swim.
And, it was super cool to see the rock face up close after taking pictures of it for over a year.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Oh you know, just shovin’ down trees.
And doing some overhead presses. Nbd.
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?