When I had 5 days off during the week I was able to get up early to run and then on most days I was also able to add in a second workout of weight training or yoga without a problem. The weekends when I worked I’d maybe squeeze in 1 or 2 additional workouts in but not always because I was so busy with work. When I decided to go back to work full-time during the week I just assumed it would be easy to continue with the same workout routine, unfortunately this hasn’t been the case and I think it was an unrealistic expectation on my part to believe I could continue on the same schedule.
Between the kids, work, cooking, cleaning and working out there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. The pressure that I put on myself to workout twice a day while keeping up with all my other responsibilities has been completely stressing me out and something needs to give or I am going to drive myself insane. I have come to the conclusion that one workout a day during the week whether it is running, weight training or yoga will have to suffice and if I feel up to a second workout than that will just be a bonus. On the weekends when I am off and have a little more free time I will try to fit in 2 workouts but I will not beat myself up over it.
What has helped me to keep up my workout routine this week has been doing 20 minute workouts instead of 40-50 minute workouts. Yesterday when I got home from work it was raining so I decided to go on the recumbent bike instead of running, this would have been great except my recumbent bike appears to be broken because I couldn’t use a program or change the resistance so I was stuck on an easy level that didn’t really feel like a great workout so I only ended up doing about 20 minutes. After the recumbent bike I popped in an Exercise TV DVD and did a 20-minute upper body workout led by Cindy Whitmarsh.