I hear it all the time – “running for the bus is how I get most of my exercise!” I used that line a lot when I lived in Ottawa and frequently ran for the impeccably timed O-Train!
The O-Train stopped and moved precisely according to schedule – never early and rarely late! For example, if you’re on your way to the train station and it’s scheduled to leave at 12:30pm, and it’s 12:29 – you have a minute to make it! (If you’re like me, you had your watch synchronized to O-Train time). If you’re fast — you get to work/ school on time; otherwise – you’re late! (image source)
It’s very entertaining for those on the other side of the train – those who are watching you essentially trying out for a ride!! Watching O-Train sprinters was fun – only a little sad when they almost make it! It’s so embarrassing to almost make it! Just look away, look down – avoid eye contact with passengers leaving you behind. They just shrug and smile – or stare. (image source)
Believe it or not – running for the train or the bus used to be how I got into training zone! It would take a while before my chest stopped hurting, before I started breathing normal again. Depending on where I am going – running for the bus is still quite the workout! But I’m happy to report, it’s not my only workout, nor should it be anyone one else’s – goes without saying.
BUT – when you depend on the bus to get you to work and school, and the service is unpredictable, you’re current fitness level may be difference between being late and being on time some days. You might have to make a run for the bus- (or GO Train) -to make it on time! (image source)
The other day – I was already comfortably seated in the bus people-watching, when I caught a potential sprinter in the distance. It was a woman trying to catch the bus I was on. The bus was still loading people, so she had a chance. I looked at her – then at the people loading, thinking she has time, she has time. I could tell she was really struggling, trying to push her body to go faster – but her body wouldn’t have it! If she could move even just a little faster, she could have made it! She didn’t. The driver couldn’t/wouldn’t wait for her. At least it was nice out…
Has this happened to you (yet?). Sometimes, irrespective of your fitness level, you are going to miss the bus, the train or the elevator! And if you miss it, just start walking (especially if you do have the time). Waiting for the bus can make you late too, (especially if you are within walking-distance from another bus route that can get the job done faster)!
Have you ever thought how much difference an increased fitness level can have in your everyday life? Maybe running for the bus — and making it — will make a difference in your life! Think about what else can feel a little easier on your day-to-day routine with increased fitness level. Climbing up your house stairwell without getting winded? Keeping up with your kids or grandkids? What else?
What about strength? Would a little more strength help your push through revolving doors? What about those doors to Jackson Square that always have a little wind resistance working for them? Will you be able to carry your groceries home – instead of opting for the bus or cab? Maybe re-arrange your furniture? Be the muscle on call when a friend needs to move!?
When you think of fitness, think about all the little things throughout your day that can be done faster or better? Don’t think about the sweat, the burning muscle or the day-after soreness among other things – think about the long term benefits – think about running for the bus and making it! Think about saying -“running for the bus is how I get most of my exercise”- as joke!