Mark Is Becoming More Flexible

This article is part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three members of the WebMD team as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their travels here.

By Mark Spoor

Things got real this week, my friends.

When I started my fitness vow renewal, it was in the middle of the holidays. So I could do my workouts whenever I wanted. If I was sleeping, lounging a bit, and didn’t get to my workout until mid-morning, it didn’t really matter.

Plus, if I, say, needed a little more time to recover, that was cool. What else was I doing?

Do you watch more football?

Another real crime marathon?

Shawshank’s Redemption for the 987th time?

Well, things have changed a lot this Monday after the new year. The alarm went off at an unholy hour and I didn’t have time to snooze. I had a strictly defined training window that closed quickly.

I needed to take my daughter to school. This meant that I needed my workout, my shower, and all the things I’m responsible for before going to school long before my kid’s bell opened, which is, uh, early.

Then after my daughter was dropped off, she was back home for, you know, my job.

Believe me, during those early days it was difficult. I couldn’t sacrifice practice and the other early morning stuff was non-negotiable. So, since I’m not a fan of night training, I had to adjust to this new, somewhat painful normal.

But I learned something important about myself: I can do it.

At the same time, because I’m clearly a punishment glutton, I tried to expand my training repertoire a bit. The Peloton bike is awesome and I love it, but felt like I needed to explore some of the other things to be able to get a full workout. I have tried weight training and other cardio classes. (To my fellow blogger Bill Kimm: Watch out! I take this exercise seriously!)

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