One of my colleagues walked past my desk today and remarked ” wow, Michelle, you really have time to go to the gym, I barely have time to eat!” when she saw my exercise bag on my desk.
I hate it when colleagues make snarky remarks about me going to the gym. I really wanted to say – IF YOU BARELY HAVE TIME TO EAT, HOW DID YOU GET TO YOUR SIZE?” but my mother taught me manners so I kept quiet. I see her on Facebook frequently, checking out what others are doing.
Many people in Singapore take a lot of false pride in glorifying busy. I prefer being effective at work and completing all that I need to do, rather than to stay till 9pm and go back and have a late dinner and watch tv on your couch.
And honestly, the era of staying late to show your boss (who leaves at 430pm) is over. It is not about how much time you spend in the office, it is about making time for your other priorities in life, like keeping fit and staying healthy.
We exercise to get fitter, ward off illnesses and also, to be happy. The sense of accomplishment, after each body combat, spin, pilates, zumba class, gives me strength and motivates me to do more.
So make time, not excuses.
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