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Learning to give 100% effort... carefully

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


I've been sidelined for the past week. Sitting on the bench. I have to admit that I sat on the bench a lot as a child and teen when I did make the effort to go out for a sport. I consistently anchored the B string.

As an adult I steered clear of exercise and sports as a matter of habit. Unless of course I was trying to lose weight then I did the requisite aerobics until I was no longer dieting.

BUT, since I have made the decision to rewrite the book of my life and adopt a healthy lifestyle, exercise has to be part of my daily life. Health is based not just on medical care, but on daily nutrition choices and movement.

So, I have dove into Zumba and cycling along with my walking and have loved it! Nothing like a little sweat and sore muscles to make you feel healthy! Then last week I decided to try kickboxing. Great class. Tough. I knew I was going to be sore the next day, but didn't expect to be sidelined for a week. I woke up the next morning with shooting pains in my neck and my head. I had completely thrown my neck out and pinched a nerve.

My chiropractor limited my exercise this week to walking and with a couple of adjustments, I'm feeling much better. And I'm thinking about trying kickboxing again in a few weeks.

The old me would have given it up. She would have decided it was too hard. But, this new me. The Marcy with the healthy lifestyle had a great talk with the doctor who reminded me that my muscles were not yet accustomed to what I had asked them to do last week. His suggestion: Give it 100%, but carefully. Keep trying and the muscles will learn what to do.

So, I am going to try kickboxing again. But, after the first of the year. I think Zumba for December is a great idea!
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