Working in a cubicle, staring at a computer for hours, I need some kind of a release at the end of the day. Something that breaks me from the work mindframe and get back to the “non-work me” mode.
Depending on the type of day I have, I find release in the following things:
- Coffee cake in the dark with the TV on
- Getting on the elliptical machine for 30 minutes (and working it like it’s my b*tch)
- Long walk (ANTM strut optional)
- Blasting music and having a dance party in my apartment (screw the neighbors)
- Laying like a beached whale on my couch, zoning out to reality TV (brain goes on vacation and no coffee cake)
- Watching a movie and having a good laugh or cry
Yes, some days, I do many of them in the course of one evening.
Lately, in my effort to not be plumpy anymore, I have been finding release in the walks, dance party and, of course, the elliptical machine. Getting the blood pumping, heart racing and just work out everything that’s bothering you.
That’s one of my favorite things about working out in general, is that endorphine/adrenaline kick that makes you want to scream, “F*CK YES, LET’S GO KICK SOME A**!!!!!” And that’s not steroid-inspired either.
And as much as I complain about going to the gym after work and really want to indulge in laying on my couch like a sea lion, I always feel better when I’m done. Maybe not great, or completely free of the days down turns, but better.
Tonight was one of those nights where I was BBM’ing with my high school best friend about stuff on my mind when I decided to skip the gym because it was too late and I was too tired. But, seeing my gym bag sitting on my chair, challenging me to 30 minutes of cardio, I succumbed to it (mostly because I won’t be at the gym the next two nights) and had, well, an awesome mini-workout.
With sweat dripping down my face and my heart racing, I walked out of there with a small smile on my face and came home and indulged myself in a little couch lounge time. It’s all about balance!
What about you? How do you unwind after a good/bad/long/exhausting day?