Thursday, September 27, 2012
Some of you will remember that I recently blogged about my slogging (well, that rhymes, too—LOL). This was a new form of exercise for me started because I’m easily bored and need to find something new to do fairly frequently. Well…I tried jogging, only it was verrry slooow and resembled a stumbling bumble more than anything else. I kind of liked it and even signed up for the SP 5K Beginning Runners challenge. It was great the first couple weeks. My Team and I decided “slogging” was an appropriate term.
The down side of all this is that I’ve had both hips replaced several years ago and one of the contraindications for activity after is no running. I justified what I was doing by saying that I was now carrying around 25% less of me and I wasn’t really running…just sort of slogging along. However, after asking the orthopedist again and doing plenty of reading, I have decided to hang up my slogging shoes. I wasn’t having and pain or other issues, but the bottom line is that this kind of activity could very well lead to more rapid deterioration of the joints and a need for another replacement earlier than the typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Obviously, I don’t want to put myself in that group any sooner than necessary, so…
I slog no more! I am trying something else, though. The interval type training of the SP 5K Beginning Runner’s challenge was great and I plan to incorporate that into my walking routine. I will do my usual walking and insert minutes of much more rapid walking followed by my normal pace. In fact, I did it this morning and found that I covered the same amount of ground in the same time as when I was slogging, and I could feel the extra energy it was taking to accomplish this. I’ve decided that common sense must prevail. Obviously, we all make our own decisions for what is right for us, but this is what I’m choosing to do for now. I’m going to be looking for other ideas for exercise, though—I don’t want to lose what muscle mass I do have!!