Hello there! I’m back from my road trip and back in real life. I haven’t been around here for a while, first because of the trip, and second because we moved two days ago. In the few days leading up to the move, life was chaos as it always is before a move, but now that we are in I feel like I can breathe again. The house isn’t quite settled, and it probably won’t be for a while, but I feel much more relaxed now that that stress is over with.
And as tough as moving day was, I just want to talk a little bit about how it definitely could have been worse. Sometimes people ask me why I lift or why I workout, and I don’t always have a good answer for them. I workout because I enjoy it, I tell them, or because it’s my favorite way to start my day.
Or because if I ever have to climb a wall to escape the zombies, I’ll be ready!
But what I don’t often say, is that I lift because it makes life easier. On moving day, for example, my phone told me that I walked about 8 miles, and all of those miles were in and around the house. This means that all of those miles were up and down stairs, and most of them included carrying boxes and other things including several pieces of pretty heavy workout equipment. And that doesn’t even include the couple of hours that my phone wasn’t attached to me, so who knows how much I really walked when it was all said and done. By the end of the day, my legs were tired and achy, but I was able to complete everything I needed to do throughout that very long day, and get up early the next morning to teach my bootcamp class.
Without my regular lifting and workout schedule, moving day would wreck me. We hired a few movers and as I’m not someone who’s just going to stand around and tell them where to put stuff, I was all in all day even though they were there (but trust me, I definitely left all the big furniture for them!). I was able to help all day (along with a couple great friends!), which helped the main part of the move go by pretty quickly. If I hadn’t felt up to moving a lot of stuff on my own though, the move could have taken way longer — which would have led to a much longer day than it already was, and also a much more expensive day. Paying those guys by the hour, you better believe I got my muscles in there to load and unload that truck as quickly as possible!
Med ball, sand bag, weight vest, and KBs do NOT make for easy moving!
Lifting and conditioning workouts help me get through days like this, but they also help me to get through life in general. I know that if I need to get something done around the house, I can usually do it on my own if I need to. I know that when I’m at work and need to move some heavy equipment (or a heavy athlete), I can do so without straining myself so much. With all of the extra stresses in life, doesn’t it only make sense to do something that will make everything a little bit easier?
My workouts are time for me in the mornings where I can zone out, release tension, or work through frustrations, depending on my mood and what I need to get done that day. It helps me to get through every other aspect of my life a little easier, both physically and mentally, and that is why I work out as much as I do. I do enjoy it, and it does give me more energy, but in the end, I’m all about making things easier for myself. So next time I have to lift a 50 lb box off the ground, I know I’ll have no problem doing so.
But please, don’t make me move again any time soon. All the lifting in the world doesn’t make moving day any easier on the soul, and I right now my soul needs a little TLC!
To all of my US readers, enjoy your July 4th weekend! I’ll be enjoying mine, forgetting about the move, and probably engaging in a few cocktails. Because hey, working out also allows me the freedom to enjoy a few of those every now and then, no?