A few years ago, I would never skip a day in my workout routine. It didn’t matter what I needed to get done, I always carved out at least a half hour for cardio or strength training. Because I was in shape, I loved my daily workout, and looked forward to it as a relaxing point in the day.
But, like so many others, I went on vacation during one summer, and stopped working out. I thought I was just taking a day off, but soon enough a day turned into a week and then I was out of my routine and out of shape. It has been on my to-do list to get back into shape for a few years now. I missed the physical activity as well as the time to myself, but starting back up seemed like an insurmountable task.
This weekend, I was talking about this problem with my roommate Veronica, and she told me that she’s trying to begin exercising again as well. I suggested that we hold each other accountable for our daily workouts, since it might be easy to get back into shape if the goal depended on someone else. Veronica agreed, and we started that day.
On Monday, I came home from work and was already thinking about giving up on my new resolution. After all, I was tired and it was freezing outside. When I got to my house, Veronica was waiting for me. She had gone online and bought pedometers for each of us so that we can compare the amount of steps we’ve taken and calories we’ve burned.
I think it’s a great idea, since this brings out my competitive streak. Now, I don’t go anywhere without my pedometer, since our calorie counts have been very close, and I know every step counts!