Catherine Reynolds works out with the help of trainer Steve Dooley at the Oro Valley Anytime Fitness gym.

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I’ve started picking up more hours at the on call job I got with the UA. When I do work, I typically work until midnight, drive home, have to relax, and normally get to bed around one. When the kids wake up at six, it’s time to get up and moving!

This was the case today. Running on 4-5 hours of sleep left me feeling a little drained and I told myself that today would be an off day from the gym. I planned to use my gym time for a much needed nap instead. But, when the time came to lay down, I just couldn’t get the thought of the treadmill out of my mind. I laid there for about 15 minutes, then shut the alarm off, put on my gym clothes, and headed out the door.

What was going to be a fairly inactive day turned into a three mile run followed by 20 minutes of yoga/pilates. Not bad for giving myself a day off!

Thing I learned this week: Sometimes a little exercise can feel just as good, if not better, than a nap.

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