Saturday, May 2, 2009

Me appointments

We make appointments all the time, for the doctor, work related and hundreds of other reasons. One of the things we don't make an appointment for is our time. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could count our time as necessary? Well our personal "ME" time could be the most important appointment we make, our health and often our sanity can depend on that.

If you had an appointment for your doctor you would go, after you get there it often takes longer than you expected. Don't be mad at your Doctor for having to wait. Let me tell you why: when people make an appointment they tell the receptionist they are going form their most troubling concern, like they have the flu. The receptionist makes the appointment time for the Doctor to examine someone to confirm the flu, say 15 min with the doctor. Well when that person gets in front of the doctor, they tell him about the knee pain they have been having or the waking up to pee 5 times a night, or a million other little things that are bothering them. A good doctor is going to listen, unfortunately you are in the waiting room while all this is going on. If several patients ahead of you do this the doctor is running way behind. Of course when you get to see him you tell him about that pain in your lower back and a few other little problems you have to.

To keep your workout appointment flowing smoothly plan for the time you need. Next time you workout time it from the time you get in the car to drive to the gym till you get in the car to drive home. That way you will get a realistic idea of how much time you really need. Nothing is worse than to be in the middle of a great workout and realize you have to stop because you are out of time. Plan it so you will be able to relax. If your workout is a walk/run be sure to plan the time to change clothes and shower.

Look at the time that is realistic for you. If you go to bed at 10 or 11 at night then getting up at 5 or 6 in the morning will work but plan for 6 hrs sleep as a minimum, less than that and you will get progressively more worn out and you won't have the energy for workouts at all. Sleep is required to make you stronger after your workout since as we all know you do minor damage to your muscles that has to be healed for you to come back stronger than before. When you don't get your healing sleep you pretty much wasted your time in your workout.

Plan your week ahead and you will be able to find time for your workouts and the planning will keep them from conflicting with other necessary parts of your week.

Thanks for the idea for today's Blog Denise.

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