Friday, November 13, 2009
This week I was forced by the weather to "change up" my workouts. I did a great water aerobics workout on Monday but the weather changed, due to a passing hurricane. This kept me out of the water until today. Since I was a bit sore, from my 15 minutes of water jogging on Monday, on Tuesday and Wednesday I walked instead. Then, on Thursday, I did an indoor workout in the gym portion of the exercise complex. I did the stationery bike for 51 minutes and the treadmill for 32 minutes (and a 32 minute walk later in the day). I did 4 strength training exercises between the bike and the treadmill. I even remembered to stretch! I was sore this morning from using different muscles. This soreness made me think about the benefits of changing my day to day workout routines.
Sometimes I get into what I call an exercise "rut", which means I'm doing the same workout every day over a period of several months. I know that I start this by having physical limitations which perpetuate this tendency to fall into an exercise rut. During this period, my weight also seems to plateau. I'm sure that there is a correlation between the "rut" and the plateau. My body adapts to certain levels of activity; especially when I do the same thing all the time. After a while, the workouts aren't as effective as they were once. By changing my workouts, mixing them up so to speak, I fool my body and keep it from adapting to any one particular type of workout. This has been an effective tool that I've used in the past to blast out of a plateau. I stopped doing it when I had a series of spinal shots this past summer. I turned to water aerobics in August because everything else caused pain. Water aerobics helped to strengthen my core muscles and increased my flexibility. This is a big plus when you have a chronic disease. Now that I'm stronger, I am venturing out into other forms of low impact exercise. I know that I need to practice moderation as I begin to expand my exercise repertoire. Too much, too soon may cause me to hurt myself or cause me to burn out. So, my mantra will be baby steps, baby steps and more baby steps.