Saturday, October 30, 2010

before I sputter out

I don't want my doctor to yell at me.

Is it cowardly that I am using my impending medical examination, upcoming in six weeks, as motivation for getting back into shape? That's taking white coat syndrome to the extreme, I would think.

I am really starting to feel the excesses of the past two months, which is one of the reasons that I only bought Hallowe'en candy that I don't like this year. Hallowe'en is dear to my heart, but I don't want to be wearing it on my heart. Or my hips, for that matter.

I spent a good portion of September and October travelling, which is my iron-clad excuse for letting my exercise regimen slip. An excuse, but not a justification. I've also started to get some repetitive strain injuries, along with an increase in age-related aches and pains. So my workouts have been getting shorter and fewer and less intense.

But now, as they say in the industry, it's nut-cuttin' time. I'd rather deal with an inflamed iliotibial band or a wonky hip than a blocked aorta.

I have blown the dust off the equipment in the torture chamber and am now supplementing intense workouts with more moderately paced walks with Steve. No more hiding behind the last vestiges of youth; it's time to embrace my inner 70-year-old Swede.

How has your approach to exercise changed over the years?

7 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

This is always a difficult thing to get back into. Now that I am feeling some SAD coming on, I really have become sluggish & unmotivated with exercise, not to mention I am craving weird stuff (deviled ham sandwiches!). I really have to push myself to even leave the house these days, but yesterday I got a good workout in at the gym and I actually felt great afterward, so I am feeling a little more motivated now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It must be infinitely harder to keep up your exercise regimen when you are dealing with SAD, WC. It's hard enough even for those of us who are not so affected by the seasons.
For me, if I can establish the habit, it becomes easier, but it's a constant battle.

27thstreet said...

I do lots of walking now that I have the beasts. Last winter and spring I was swimming 2 or 3 times each week. And now, Tuffy P and I are taking a torture - um I mean core training - class on Monday evenings.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

On my walk yesterday, 85% of the people I passed were walking with dogs, Mr Anchovy, and I have often thought that would be a great built-in way to ensure frequent walking. Not to mention the companionship. But I am not sure how the resident kitteh would feel about such a development.
I've been considering incorporating an aqua-flab class back into the mix for the winter, now that I almost qualify for the seniors' discount.

umbrellalady said...

Dogs do motivate one to walk - whether you want to or not. I have never wanted a dog but it is one of the best pets we have ever had. She is even mellowing towards others - who would have guessed?

Allison said...

I'm feeling the same thing. This month has really put me back. I am looking forward to a clean slate for next month. It's hard with some of my chronic pain issues to get motivated, but once I am at the gym, I have no problem. Good thing I moved in next door - now I have no excuse!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's funny, Kathy, but for some reason I never realised that she had to go for walks like other dogs. I mean, she is so tiny, I assumed the backyard was walk enough. Silly me.

I didn't know you have a gym next door, Al! It is certainly going to be harder to find those excuses now, although I seem to manage, with a gym in my basement.