The Drevitches, Week 16: The Early Bird Gets Fit
Filed under: Healthy Families Challenge
Why didn't I get in shape years ago?
A major reason is that, with one, two, and then three small children in the house, I felt sure that I had no time -- no opportunity, really -- to get to the gym. It's a refrain I repeated to friends for years, but not all of them bought it. For example, some asked, why not just go early in the morning? That wouldn't work, I'd say, because, well ... who wants to work out at 6 in the morning?!
Turns out, plenty of people.
Since I joined the Healthy Families Challenge, I've learned that a lot of my previous assumptions about eating well and staying in shape were wrong. For example, I've found the time -- because I've made the time -- for three workouts a week, without jeopardizing work or family responsibilities, by squeezing in sessions during lunch or on the way to the office.
Another thing I've learned, as I've read more about good health, is that sitting on the couch late at night until you fall asleep is -- are you sitting down? -- bad for you. Lack of sleep limits weight loss, and falling asleep on the couch limits the life of the couch.
And so, last week, I tried an experiment: For one work week, I got off the couch and into bed at a reasonable hour, then rose before dawn and headed to the gym -- my New York Sports Club location opens at 6 a.m. -- returning home just as everyone else woke up. Yes, for one week, I was ... a crazy gym guy.
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