I’ve never been a fan of that late 90’s TV phenomenon known as Friends but I couldn’t seem to get two of its
annoying beloved characters out of my brain as I sat down to write this post.
You see, today’s TCT has to do with “planners” and “wingers” – and, for the life of me, I couldn’t think of two better representations of those personalities than the gals pictured above. **If you can think of better ones, please let me know cause I don’t particularly care for the whole Friends reference.**
TCT #4: Is it better to have a set weekly exercise schedule or to switch it up daily and just go with the flow?
As you all know by now, I am a creature of habit. Organization, planning, and order make me happy. I can’t help it. Blame my mother – I get it from her.
So, it should come as no surprise that I have a pretty definitive weekly agenda when it comes to fitness:
Monday: Run 4-5 miles
Tuesday: Run 4-5 miles
Wednesday: Walk 3-4 miles with that lovely mom pictured above.
Friday: Run 10-12 miles and spend a little time on my arms and my core while watching OnDemand.
Saturday: Run 3-4 miles and/or walk 3-4 miles with my lovely mom.
Sunday: Run 4-5 miles (if I didn’t on Saturday) and/or get in 1 hour of pool time.
Finally, Work Wife and I get in our daily 1 mile lunch-time walk and 5-minute plank.
I like my exercise schedule. It keeps me active. It’s got variety. And it allows for a bit of wiggle room.
Come on, you knew there had to be a “but” somewhere in there.
Because I have such a set schedule sometimes I feel unfulfilled if I don’t stick to it. For instance, if I miss a run on a Monday or Tuesday, that day seems incomplete – like I didn’t check everything off of my to-do list or something – and I end up feeling “off.”
I don’t like the fact that missing a work-out has the potential to ruin my day – makes me seem too obsessive. So, sometimes I’ll force myself to “wing it” and just exercise according to what mood I’m in on a particular day. However, if I do that too often I find that I slack off too much and my work-outs are not as frequent, as long, or as intense as they are when I stick to my schedule.
As with anything in life, I suppose it’s most important to find balance in terms of exercise. As long as you can maintain a healthy lifestyle, I suppose it doesn’t much matter whether you are a “planner” or a “winger” – you’ve just gotta do what works for you.
In that case, I’m stickin’ with my “planner” tendencies. Sometimes I may get down if I miss a run but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just ensures that I’ll keep exercise a part of my daily life – having a schedule to rely on just makes it all the more easy to do so. I mean really, why should I try to force a Phoebe when I’m much more comfortable being a Monica? 🙂
Your turn: When it comes to exercise, are you a Monica or a Phoebe?
What are your two cents?