How to wait

Sometimes the subway (miraculously) moves faster than normal. Sometimes I overestimate how long it will take to walk to my destination. When I show up to a workout class with time to spare, I find myself on my phone scrolling through Instagram waiting for class to begin.

I’m trying to be better about this!! Because one of the reasons I love to work out is because it forces me away from my screen.

So I put together a list of 5 things we can do while we wait for classes to start. You have an extra 5 to 10 minutes to yourself – use it wisely!

Walk

Why sit and wait when you could take a few laps around the block. Listen to a song that’ll get you pumped up for class or finish the last couple minutes of that podcast. And look around you! When do we ever have a few minutes to spare to just walk and observe this city?

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Stretch

This seems like the most obvious choice but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t stretch before class! Many assume that instructors include pre-workout stretches at the beginning of classes, which they should do, but many times don’t. Take a minute and stretch it out. Raise your arms above your head, touch your toes, do a backbend.

…actually, make sure you’ve stretched well before doing a backbend.

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Circa ’03 when I was an aspiring gymnast

Ask questions

You’re usually not the only one waiting for class to begin. Talk to others in the room. Ask them questions. Have they been to this class before? Have they taken from this instructor? What did they think? My dad always tells me that people love talking about themselves so ask, ask, ask. You never know what could come of it.

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Open a book

I almost always have a book on me. Right now, it’s Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?. Take those extra minutes and read a few pages. If you’re like me, it’s more likely that you’ll open your laptop rather than a book once you get home from working out. Enjoy your time away from the computer!

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Call someone you love (Ok, you need your phone for this one but hear me out.)

Most of my favorite people on earth live in other states and time zones. So when I have the chance to talk to them, I take it! Call your mom, sister or best friend. Check in and make sure all is well. These relationships are really important. Below is one my great friends, Anna, who goes to school in Virginia. She happened to FaceTime me right before my pilates class this weekend. It was a lovely use of my time.

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