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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.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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12 Responses to Epiphany

  1. Jinjer says:

    Totally normal. My job is mentally exhausting as well as I have to focus on data and numbers and whatnot. There’s no way I’d be able to talk myself into exercising after work.

  2. Absolutely an ESL thing! I remember dragging myself home, two buses, 85 stairs to my apartment, then realizing I had no dinner. I find now that, if possible, walking, or heading to the gym, should always be in the morning before anything else. Except coffee.

  3. Audrey says:

    Yeah, it’s tough exercising after work. I just started doing 15 mins yoga in the morning on weekdays and 8km morning walk on weekends. Trying to make it a routine.

  4. Bryan Fagan says:

    A good friend of mine taught 6th grade for over 30 years. He would put in a two hour weight training workout everyday before he went to work. He said it made him a better teacher.

  5. Laura Beth says:

    Totally normal, in my opinion. I have several friends who are teachers. They get their exercise in our ways – Walking their dogs, yoga, Pure Barre, and other things.

    Also, I just made the connection that you’re an ESL teacher. Wow! My mom taught ESL for more than 20 years!

  6. Hunida says:

    Totally normal, Anthony! A lot of our jobs are mentally draining. Maybe most all of them are.

    • Anthony says:

      I am not sure. I think some jobs are physically demanding without really taxing your mental abilities–unless of course your boss or customers/clients ask a lot of questions.
      After reading your blogs, I know your job is both mentally and physically hard.

      • Hunida says:

        I know what you mean, but I think the act of going to work and getting things done around it is mentally demanding. If that makes any sense?

      • Anthony says:

        True. Sometimes, I sell something short. Honestly, I don’t know how demanding other people’s jobs are. I have done mine for so long that I have lost a bit of perspective.

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