Sometimes life get’s busy! The past 2 days have been crazy, which explains why I’m posting 2 days in one update.
Yesterday, I woke up at the crack of dawn, earlier than I have in a very long time. I knew that my schedule was going to be full and that if I did not work out early I probably wouldn’t work out at all. For those of you that don’t know…I am NOT a morning person. I don’t get cranky, I just don’t enjoy waking up really early. I actually started my day pretty positive, in spite of the early hour. I was looking forward to my day as it would be ended in the company of friends.
As I began my workout, Arms & Shoulders, I noticed that my body was a bit tighter than normal. I attributed that to the early hour and the fact that my body had not been awake long. I made sure to stretch a little extra and had a good warm-up session before beginning. I always love the Arms & Shoulder routine and yesterday was no different. If felt good to be back working with weights again and I upped my weights from the last time. I was really beginning to feel the difference with the heavier weights, but it felt good. By the time I got to the Ab Ripper X routine I was fully engaged and ready to push myself even harder. When I was finished I felt renewed and energized by the rigorous workout. It was a great start to my day!
Today was a little different. I had decided to go into work early so that I could finish and be home with my kids who had early release this week. The morning went by quickly and before I knew it, it was time to head home. As I entered the house I became distracted with other things that needed my attention. Before I knew it, it was dinner time. I decided to postpone my workout until an hour or so after dinner. As the night wore on I found myself engrossed in the book I was reading for my monthly book club. I had dressed and was ready for my workout after dinner but made the mistake of picking up my book to read “for just a few minutes”. Well, those few minutes turned into half an hour. Thank goodness for my son who came bouncing into the living room asking if he could workout with me tonight. After a few comments from him like, “Are you done yet? Can we start now?” and comments like, “I thought you were just reading one more page?” I finally put the book down, reluctantly.
As my youngest son danced playfully down the stairs, excited to participate in my workout with me, I must admit that I moved a little more slowly. It was already 7:30 pm and my enthusiasm to workout was quickly disappearing. My son urged me on, thrilled that I had not completed my workout for the day so he could join me. Needless to say, he was a little disappointed when I announced that today was Yoga X day. I think he was hoping for Kenpo X or a weight routine. He took it all in stride and began with me.
15 minutes into Yoga X my son turned to me and said, “I’m feeling really warm. I think I’m starting to sweat.” I laughed, and told him that was good, it meant that his body was warming up properly. He didn’t seem to enjoy the sweating part and asked if we could skip forward to something more fun. After a few more similar inquiries I told him that I would skip forward in a few minutes (I wanted to get in a little more “sweat” time first.)
After 30 minutes “of the boring stuff” as my son put it, I finally relented and skipped forward a bit to more of the balance postures. He seemed to enjoy those a little more and thought it was funny when he toppled over. I must say that he was a little distracting…but I enjoyed his laughter and companionship. He put me to shame with his flexibility as I discovered that he could actually do some of the most difficult moves without any problem. It’s amazing how much more flexible one is when they are only 8.
By the time we were nearing the end my son decided he’d had enough and would rather go upstairs to see if his older brother had finished making the cupcakes he had started earlier. He stood up, gave me a big smile, told me he loved me, and then quickly turned around and ran up the stairs calling for his brother. I couldn’t help but laugh as I heard him enter the kitchen above, asking if the cupcakes were done.
Reviewing the past 2 days workouts I have discovered that I get a much better workout when I complete it in the morning. Whenever I put it off until later in the day I find that I am not as motivated as I am in the morning. With that in mind, I have to admit that I enjoyed spending time with my son tonight. We had a good time together and he seemed to enjoy the one-on-one time with his mom.
Do you ever workout with your children? If so, what types of things do you do?