BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!
Posted: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Sheri Riley is currently seeking a post-graduate degree in Invasive Cardiology. She enjoys sports and spending time outside with her fiance, Jeff, and their two dogs, Lola and Cami. She is getting married October 12, 2013. Contact Sheri here.
Like many of you, my schedule keeps me busy. Monday, Wednesday-Friday I am at the hospital from 8 AM to between 4-5 PM. On Tuesday, Im sitting on my rear trying to cope with Electrophysiology power points and cardiac medications. By time I get home, Im exhausted. Going to the gym is the last thing I want to do.Jeff started going to the gym before work a few weeks ago. I thought he was nuts. Well, one day a few weeks ago he managed to talk me into setting my alarm at 5 AM and getting out the door at 5:15 for an hour work out at the gym. It sucked. I wanted to throw my phone a bowl of lava when it started going off. I dragged my lifeless body out of bed, put on some socks and shoes (yeah I totally slept in my work out clothes. Dont judge.), and made a cup of coffee. By time we got to the gym, I was at least conscious. We kept it a short day, so that I could start to adapt. I got home in time to take a shower, throw my hair into a bun, and make it to the hospital wide-awake and ready to scrub the first case. That night when I got home, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I didnt have to go to the gym BECAUSE I ALREADY DID! I was able to enjoy the rest of the night, a nice early dinner, and a sensible bedtime. The hardest part about becoming a morning work-outer is the first few times. After that, it really does become a very easy habit to keep. Here a few tips to get you in the gym before the sun comes up: Start off slow: Dont try and do an hour and a half gym session your first morning. Thats silly. Give your body the chance to figure out whats going on. Make the commitment: Ive heard it takes approximately 3 weeks to make something a habit. 3 weeks is NOTHING! Stick it through and you will be ever so grateful that you did. Prepare the night before: I make my hard-boiled eggs the night before and yes, sleep in my work out clothes. They are going to get all sweaty anyway! I also lie out what Im wearing (scrubs scrubs oh and scrubs) to speed up the getting ready for work process. Take pride: Remember how awesome it feels when you come home for work knowing that you already scratched a very important to-do off your list before the sun even showed itself. Thats a great accomplishment. Rise and shine, get fitters! Youll be glad you did. World peace and skinny jeans, Sheri xo
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