I have been exercising for the past few days (hold all applause until this actually becomes a real habit) I have come to notice a thing or two. Because of various commitments (if work and social life can be so easily lumped together) I have to squeeze in this activity at different times. What I have noticed is that I seem to have more energy and stamina if I exercise before work.
Before you say “duh”–which is what I have already said to myself, let us consider it a bit more. I don’t have a physically demanding job. Yes, I walk around the classroom a lot. I prefer to monitor rather than sit at a desk in front of the students like some of my colleagues do. However, despite the number of steps it gives me on my fitbit (recently gone to gadget heaven) I don’t really consider it activity. IT doesn’t get my heart pumping unless my students are suddenly able to use past modals or the third conditional correctly.
My job is mentally demanding and that does seem to leave me in a bit of a lump at the end of the day. Is that normal? It can’t just be an ESL teacher thing, can it?
Let me know what you think. Also, please pass on any tips for maintaining an exercise plan past the early days of exuberance.