New Year, New Routine

I have to say that I am quite happy of the fitness routine I established in 2011/2012. It usually included early mornings at the YMCA, detailed workout plans, spin classes, and the occasional meeting up with friends at the gym. With the Y not far from my house, my usual routine was:

Get up somewhere between 5:15 and 6:00 depending on the plan for the morning.
Get to gym and then get home, dawdle a while, and get ready for work.
Roll into work a little later than I am proud of.

Something about coming home from the gym after working out made it so hard to get ready for work. I’d sip my coffee, make breakfast, watch the news…I loved it, but it certainly wasn’t the most efficient use of my time.

And now, I live some 35 miles outside of Nashville. Traffic during rush hour is terrible – what should be a 30 minute drive can quickly become well over an hour. YUCK. so to get to work at a reasonable time, I have to leave the house by 7:00…

OR…

MY NEW ROUTINE!

Leave the house between 5:30 – 6:00. 
Workout at the Downtown YMCA, and then get ready there.
Arrive at work by 8:15.

The perks?

30 minutes of drive time with no stopping and starting.
Still waking up at the same time AND getting to work earlier.
No more dilly dallying…

You may not care, but I am just so thrilled at how well it has been working out that I had to share. It has also been fun to workout in a new environment, on a new schedule. I strongly encourage it if you are stuck in a rut!

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