Endurance & exercise
Sunday, February 24, 2013
WAAAY back in the day, I used to exercise. A lot. And I loved it. But, I also had the body to go with it. I wasn't fighting a ginormous gut to bend forward. I wasn't battling weakened muscles to try new things. These are things that I, unfortunately, have to deal with since I have gained a lot of weight.
With that being said, it always kind of amazes me how quickly muscles can be retrained! I realize that I'm only 34 years old, and that muscle starts to go away if you don't use it after your 20's....but you'd think after SUCH a sedentary life, along with massive weight gain would cause me to lose all that I had. Well, guess what? I HAVEN'T!!
It amazes me, for example, when I'm doing Yoga. Although my muscles had started out tight, I was never in any pain, and I am able to do stretches that would look impossible for someone who weighs as much as I do! (Now if I could ONLY get that pesky stomach out of the way...... In due time, in due time!) I work different muscle groups out with body weights, or lifting weights, and I am AMAZED at how easily some of it comes! It's as though my body remembers! And cardio - of course I have eased back into it S-L-O-W-L-Y...because after all, I am a "newbie" and out of shape, so I need low impact! The last couple of days I decided to mix it up a little and go out of my (current) comfort zone. Again, I was pleasantly surprised!! To sustain myself through some high impact workouts for 45 - 60 minutes........I couldn't believe it!! Now believe you me, I was SWEATING like a pig, breathing heavy, and was pretty tired, but it appears that the need to "take it easy" was all in my head!
All this to say - does our body retain some amount of "knowledge" from how you treated it in the past? Do my muscles remember how strong they were? Does my cardiovascular system remember a day when it got a great workout? And if so, is that going to help propel me forward faster than I ever anticipated I could go? I plan to test this out and see. WITHIN reason - I don't expect to be SuperWoman and lift cars and run a marathon. But, I can definitely see myself amping it up each time a little more, just to see how my body reacts. I think that the 30 Day Shred may be in my near future, instead of this summer or later. I'm pretty excited!! :-)