In a recent conversation with my husband, I mentioned my desire to clean out the basement, noting that I was planning on doing it as soon as I had more time. My husband, seeing that I was sitting on the couch reading a magazine, inquired, "How about now?"
"Now?" I scoffed. "I'm not ready right now. I would have to change clothes and," I looked at my watch, "I only have an hour before we're leaving. How much could I really get done in an hour. Plus, shouldn't we wait until a rainy day or the proper planetary alignment or something?"
"You can get a lot done in an hour," my husband said reasonably. So, of course, I stuck my tongue out at him and went back to reading my magazine.
Still, a part of me had to wonder, why don't I just do it? We often end up asking ourselves that same question about exercise as we wait for the perfect time to do it: The right time of day, the right clothes and shoes, the right workout, the right amount of time...the perfect circumstances for the perfect workout.
However, having all these rules limits us to only one kind of workout - Often long, sweaty, complicated and, in our minds, the only kind worth doing. But, when you think about it, there are any number of exercises you could do at any given time that require nothing more than a few minutes and your body; A short walk, a quick set of squats, a 30-second plank, and the list goes on.
So, why don't we do it? The reasons aren't always obvious, but you'll find a few ideas in my article, Are You Waiting for the Perfect Time to Exercise?
Be sure to leave a comment about your experiences. Do you ever wait for the perfect time to exercise, only to find it never comes? What could you, or would you, do if you set aside the rules and did something right now? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.