Wednesday, March 30, 2011

bustle in my hedgerow

I guess there's some truth to the adage that you have to mix things up to keep making gains.

I have been doing pretty much the same workout on the same pieces of equipment down in the basement torture chamber for the past half dozen years and I stopped seeing any progression in strength or stamina years ago. I've sort of accepted this as an indication that this is as good as I will get, and I keep working out just to maintain my fitness level, not to win the Olympics.

Yesterday, though, the sun came out. Not normally a notable event around these parts, which is definitely the driest and sunniest place I have ever lived, but after nearly a fortnight of bleak heavy snow clouds, the sight of that glowing orb gleaming brilliantly down upon the snow banks gave everyone a much needed boost of feel-good vitamin. I did not want to descend to the windowless basement for my maintenance sweat.

So instead I traipsed up and down the stairs for 45 minutes, stopping periodically for some rapid on the spot marching, complete with major arm pumping.

Today I can feel some muscle stiffness in a completely different part of my quadriceps than normally gets exercised. I am not going to make a habit of this stair-climbing business but I am going to try to mix things up a bit more often.

What habit do you think you should shake up a bit?

6 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Mixing things up is always good with exercise. Your muscles get used to doing the same old, same old all the time, so they sometimes need a jump start with a new routine. Go you! And I'm so glad you got some sunshine. Today it has felt like dusk here all day.

leazwell said...

One reason I decided to take clarinet lessons is because I had developed some habits that were holding me back. I couldn't recognise them and needed help to move forward.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was great to see the sun again, WC, I hope you start getting some decent weather soon.
I guess I always knew I needed to mix things up, but when you have the equipment available to do a particular sort of exercise, you tend to use it.

I never considered this in terms of musical practice, Leazwell, but that makes perfect sense.

Allison said...

I need to get back to the gym, but I'm worried its going to offset a vertigo attack. If it every stops raining here, I'll start walking to work this summer, which will help shake things up a bit.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Walking to work is such a lovely and civilized thing to do, Al. Mind you when I picture it, it's always a beautiful balmy day, so I suspect I am romanticizing things somewhat.

L said...

Changing it up is the key to consistency for me. It usually doesn't matter what it is (dancing around the living room to CeeLo), just that I throw something different in every few days or so. It's amazing how our bodies respond when we challenge our minds.