The value of blogging
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Yesterday I wrote that I didn't lift weights because I thought I might need them to destress after work today.
Today I got home late, and would have just bagged the exercise. I got my steps in, got a nice lunch walk on a non-running day . . . but I'd blogged that I would lift weights.
So I responded to a couple of nuisance work emails from the left coast, then told myself it won't take long to just do 3 sets of squats. After all, squats are one of the more important lifts for a runner.
Half an hour later, I'd done my three sets of squats, and three sets of shrugs. I'd had to back off the bench press because of a sore shoulder, and substituted 3 sets to dumbbell chest presses with light enough weight to go 15 reps. That's not a workout that wipes me out, but it's enough for today.
Along the way, I thought about a lot of blogs talking about avoiding the "all or nothing" thinking. Most of the blogs I've read on that subject were talking about nutrition, but it also applies to exercise. Time was, I would have not done anything because I didn't have time for what I regarded as a full weight lifting workout.
Tonight, I did something. Maybe I didn't do a lot, but I applied some SparkPeople lessons:
1. Avoid all or nothing thinking. Doing something healthy is better than doing nothing healthy. Check. Got some lifts in, including the most important one.
2. Listen to your body. I had to adjust the pushing exercise. Started out with a bench press 10 lbs. lighter than last time, and that was too much. Time was, I would have bagged it; but I didn't.
3. Do active recovery. Stepping down to ligher chest presses let me work the sore shoulder gently. Hopefully, that will help the recovery more than pure rest would.
I might not be doing everything the absolute best way possible, but I think I did better than I would have in a similar situation, pre-Spark. I did better in part because of blogging, both my blogging (yesterday's commitment) and other folks' blogging (active recovery, avoid all or nothing).
I might not always blog, and I might not always find time to read other folks' blogs with appreciation of the content, but today showed the value of doing both those things.
And now off to bed, before coping with more work craziness tomorrow.