Friday, July 17th, 2009...6:50 AM
Oh, Forget It!
We have all done it. In fact, I feel like I do it every time I go to the gym or elsewhere to work out. What is it? Forget something! I really don’t understand why. I mean, I need the same things every time. They should be in the bag, but there is always something (e.g., water bottle, towel, heart rate monitor). For some, this can be a barrier to exercise. You might just turn around and go home, but for me, I see it as a challenge to be overcome. Plus, I get “bonus points” for working out anyway.
I have worked out in socks, barefoot, or in slacks when I forgot my tennis shoes or workout clothes. I have asked the childcare workers or front desk at the gym to keep my stuff for me when I forgot my lock. I have washed my sports bra in the shower and worn it wet to work or worn no panties when I have forgotten my underwear. Seriously, I’ve done it all.
Today, a friend and I went down to Lady Bird Lake to run the trails, and the plan is usually to swim in Barton Springs afterwards. However, I forgot my swimsuit. I considered swimming in what I ran in, but for whatever reason I wore pants today. OK, I draw the line at swimming in pants. So, instead, we added drills and sprints to our work out, and it was great, and I’m gonna be really sore.
I keep telling myself that I am going to make a checklist and post it by the front door with everything I need for every kind of workout to make sure that I have what I need, but I never do. Maybe today is the day to make that list…or not.
About the Author:
Chris Heidel is the owner and primary personal trainer with Libra Fitness in Austin, TX, a private, in-home studio. Chris focuses her business on developing mentoring relationships with her clients built on trust and meaningful support to help them set, achieve, and maintain realistic fitness goals. Chris truly believes that while getting in shape isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Chris is certified through the American Council on Exercise.