Saturday, January 12, 2013
I haven't been able to exercise since January 1, my last XC ski. I've been battling a pretty serious flu/cold which left me short of breath and at times nauseated, feverish, weak. .
I'm not completely recovered but today finally I'm ready for some mild kind of work out!
It's rainy -- no skiing possible. So I'll head for the gym: elliptical, weights, stretching.
The trick here is to take it easy . . . not try to "make up" for 11 missed days. That would be counter-productive for sure!
Just reminding myself: there have been many periods in my life when I haven't been able to exercise, and I always get back to it. As soon as I can.
Because: I really like the way I feel when I'm exercising regularly.
Exercise doesn't help much with weight loss or maintenance (for me): does help a whole lot with general zip and zest for life! And, of course, fitness -- cardio, strength -- which is I suppose the source of zip and zest!
Plus I know so many people at my gym, where I've been a member since 1975 (yes, really!) And it's always great to see them. The social aspects of a gym workout help me keep going back.
Reminding myself again: take it easy. I won't have the same endurance or strength I had January 1. Take it easy.