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Making Workout Dates

December 18, 2008

The luxury of doing my job from home and setting my own schedule is both a blessing and a curse: If I want to sleep in until noon every day, I can. But if I do, I worry that I won't have time to get my daily quota of writing done and everything else goes out the window, including exercise. My only option is to hit the gym or go running first thing in the morning, so I'm back at my desk and ready to work by lunchtime. This means that when my alarm goes off in the morning, I can't hit the snooze button—something that hasn't been working out very well for me.

But getting up just got a whole lot easier, thanks to my personal trainer, Lauren Kern. She'll be waiting for me at the front desk of Equinox gym every Friday morning at 9 a.m. for the next year. Sleeping in and skipping my workout with her isn't an option, because I don't want to disappoint her by standing her up (plus she's very strong and could hunt me down!).

And even though I only get to see Lauren on Fridays, there's no reason why I can't use that same type of incentive during the rest of the week. So I've made a standing date to hike with a friend every Monday, and enlisted a neighbor to go running with me on Saturdays. I've also heard about this great Tuesday-morning yoga class. If anyone wants to sign up for it with me...

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