Monday, July 25, 2011

Gym math

Today's six-minute "minimalist" run workout is done, but it wasn't very satisfying, and I think I know why. It's not because I miss spending two hours pounding my feet to oblivion, or because I have some emotional need to rack up a bunch of miles or because I'm worried I didn't run long enough to burn any calories. No, it's because it throws off the ratio.

See, I've whined mentioned before how long it takes me to get ready for a workout. But when you've got to be at the gym for two or three hours, those 20 minutes aren't that big a deal. Even when you throw in the blogging time afterward, it's generally at least a 3:1 workout-to-associated-crap ratio.

Compare that to today:
  • Get dressed for running: 4 minutes
  • Pack gym bag/fill water bottle: 3 minutes
  • Discuss with husband merits of driving to gym for 6-minute workout: 7 minutes
  • Find keys: 5 minutes
  • Drive to gym: 4 minutes
  • Put stuff in locker: 2 minutes
  • Work out: 6 minutes
  • Shower and change: 7 minutes*
  • Drive home: 4 minutes
  • Whine Blog about experience: 23 minutes
  • Unpack gym bag (which I'll definitely get to right after this): 1 minute
So that's 6 minutes of working out and 60 minutes of associated crap, and now instead of 3:1, my ratio is 1:10. I'm terrible at being a minimalist.

* To be fair, I might have done this anyway.

1 comment:

  1. Muttering to self about why you can't find your keys: 14 minutes