I have the summer off and want to make the best of it. Help me hack my schedule for maximum physical and mental fitness!
July 12, 2012 1:07 PM Subscribe
I unexpectedly have the rest of the summer off. I want to lose weight, read great books, become smarter and in general be fabulous. Help me maximize my time, effort and schedule!
posted by JoannaC to grab bag (21 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
So, this is a fun question :) I am a teacher, and my usual summer job fell through. I am having trouble finding another one (not much doing at temp agencies, and the interviews I have been on for other things take one look at my resume and assume, correctly, that I will bail come September) so finally, I have given up.
Money is not a problem---I can cover my expenses, albeit in a somewhat minimalistic way, and I have a job lined up for September 1. But how to spend my time IS a problem---my partner feels, and I agree, that it is not healthy to spend the whole summer holed up by myself in the apartment all day.
So, here are my goals. How can I balance the most efficient plan for meeting them with the social goal of getting out of the house more? And how can I do this without spending tons of money?
1) Lose 30 pounds. I realize this will take more than a summer to do, but I want to give it as best of a jumptstart as I can. My normal fitness routine is 20-30 minutes of exercise videos (Leslie Sansone, Denise Austin, Biggest Loser series etc.) in the morning. Obviously, I can do longer ones now (and I have access to a wide variety such as P90X, the Firm, Jillian Michaels and so on). I also have access to a community centre with a track and fitness classes, which on the plus will get me out of the house a little---but will it give me the same results I could get doing something like P90X at home and really focusing on it? I am looking for a plan that gives me the biggest jumpstart possible without hurting myself given that I basically have unlimited time here.
2) Education. I am taking an on-line course, and I also have many books and magazines I want to read. I could go to the park and read, I could go to a public library (where I will have wifi and can work on my course) and there is even a lounge at the community centre. The past week though, I have found I have been sitting for too long doing this sort of thing, and my feet and legs get cramped. Perhaps I should be scheduling the sedentary activity at designated times? Perhaps I should be doing the workout in between these times? Or doing the workout at my usual workout time and just adding in a stretch somewhere?
3) Work. Anything to make money :) I may be doing some part-time work for a family member, and my partner and I will be running an ebay business. But again, this is a sedentary activity. So can anyone think of a more active thing I could add to my routine to balance it out? Or does anyone have any ideas for other things I can do part-time to make some extra money?
4) Entertainment. I have so many movies bookmarked in Netflix, it is not even funny :) This is my chance to catch up, but again, this is a sedentary, at home activity :( Maybe I could pick the shorter TV shows and get some yoga cards and use this as my stretching time? Yes, it is an at home activity but at least I won't be sedentary?
I guess I need to set myself a schedule and adhere to it as if it was my job, otherwise I will be sitting around all summer and I will waste this opportunity. I want to balance the sitting at home stuff with activities that get me out of the house, and I want to make sure that especially as regards the exercise time, I use it in the most effective way possible to get the best results given that I have much more time for it than I ever will again. I welcome any and all suggestions for how to hack my schedule to maximize this time off and become fit, fabulous, well-read and overall smarter than when I begun.