Question for August 27: When is the last time you worked out?
There was a time in my life when a workout was a 60 minute high impact aerobic routine that included warm-ups, aerobic exercise at target heart rate, strength and endurance, flexibility work and cool downs followed by a 5 k run. I also played tennis, hiked for miles with one kid strapped to my back, ran around playing games with the kids, tried to learn teh steps of belly dancing lol and other things I called working out. Now a work out for me is walking from my bed to the kitchen on some days ( well the humid ones anyway). Let us then consider working out in the most favorable of ways lol.
When is the last time you worked out? We are not talking Olympic training or extreme boot camp material…just moving the body consistently in a beneficial way for 20-30 minutes. Now that is not bad, is it? We can all do something in that area. When did you walk the dog last; do 20 minutes of yoga in the morning; get on a treadmill for a half hour while you watched a sit come on TV ( but you do have to turn the treadmill on for it to count), swim a few laps; go dancing; or take a zumba class for beginners? If it was in the last 24 hours give yourself a big pat on the back. Every time you move your body you are doing something good for you. I, of course, hope that once you get in a routine of treating the body so well…you slowly increase your physical challenge until you feel a zip of energy every time you even think about working out. (I miss that feeling :))
I have been very limited this week…no yoga, no walks but as the humidity decreases I find myself getting more and more energy back. I have always pushed myself to move as much as I can and sometimes a little beyond that! I love to exercise or at least move the body! Even in heart disease, activity is strongly recommended. In my case it is great for my little valve issue because it increases forward flow and therefore cardiac output; it strengthens the myocardium and improves contractility which can be an issue in coronary vasospasm. and though it doesn’t bring it up as much as it should, exercise increases my heart rate. I have learned to be careful though and to listen to my body but I will go to my death bed, I am sure, attempting to exercise a bit everyday. Many times I hear myself saying out loud, “When I finally get this nonsense taken care of I am going to do whatever I can to get back into the shape I was in before it began.” Which I know is a little unrealistic being that was about 20 years ago lol. I need to focus on the now and with the exception of the last few days…I do exercise daily.
I usually begin my mornings with a yoga workout ( used to do 60-90 minute workouts but now I do a ten minute one. If I am having problems it becomes a five minute one and on bad days I don’t even do that). Then, if I am up for it, I will go with D. into the woods with the dogs. My old dog and I will walk about a KM in while he and his three continue on. Sometimes it is less than that depending on how I am feeling. I wear a fit bit and my goal is to get at least 5000 steps in throughout the day. I don’t always succeed but when I do I feel so much better about me. The last time I walked or did yoga was last Sunday I believe? What about you?
All is well in my world.