Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Will To Exercise

As I write this post my glutes (aka butt muscles) are feeling a little sore and I know it's going to be somewhat difficult going down stairs later today into tomorrow.  As I was leaving the gym and walking down the stairs my quads (the frontal portion of my legs) were tightening up even after spending lots of time stretching.

Today was my first workout in 13 days. At the beginning of last week I came down with the flu and then it turned into a sinus infection.  In addition I some residual 'stuff' in my lunges so I'm not 100% when it comes to running.  Our muscles require oxygen from the lungs.  If a person has a chest cold there can be a compromise to the amount of oxygen that is getting to the muscles.  That is why it's important to rest so the body can focus on healing itself (use all it's resources to fight off the virus).  

I managed to get a light workout in.  OK maybe a little more than a 'light workout'.  I pushed myself a little but not for a long period of time.  I was mindful of how my body was feeling during my workout.

My workout today consisted of:

30 per leg of pendulum lunges:
































Reverse superman (15 second holdings, 6x):








Squats x30:











Rock Star Jump x30
I couldn't find a good video for this online so I'll write the description.
1. Have feet shoulder width apart.
2. Jump in place and try to kick your own butt with your heels :-)




Leg Lifts x100 per leg:








Inner Thigh Leg Lift x100 per leg:










Push ups with exercise ball  x20:







Before I did my workout getting to the gym was not easy.  I was certainly lacking in motivation.  I find one of the things about depression that's most disheartening is my lack of interest in things.  I kind of feel 'flat' and somewhat withdrawn.  I find however once I get out and start moving I feel better.  One of the benefits of exercise is the endorphins and I try to keep that in mind when I'm not motivated.  I 'went through the motions' of going to the gym this morning even though I didn't feel interested in going (something that can be hard to do even if a person is not depressed).  It's kind of sad in a way as I used to look forward to going to the gym all the time and now I could care less. I'm hoping what I used to enjoy comes back to me sometime soon.  On the upside of things I do have glimmers of hope where I get the urge to go clothes shopping or out for a hike.  That's when I feel like my old self.  I grab hold of those moments and run with it while enjoying that moment.  Eventually I think the good moments will only multiply over time.  I think eventually as I 'go through the motions' things will come back. Even if I'm only faking it for now.  

2 comments:

  1. Way to push through...it's not always easy to do, but you did it today! I try to remind myself that even slow progress is progress.

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    1. SWG we all have to start at square one. I've been working out for a while and I remember I could barely do 1 push up never mind 20! Just keep working at it and before you know it will get easier.

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