I heat up, I can't cool down

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Not quite like the Steve Miller Band in Abracadabra:

"I heat up, I can't cool down
You got me spinnin'
'Round and 'round 'Round and 'round and 'round it goes
Where it stops nobody knows"


I have been reflecting on warming up, stretching and cooling down as part of my exercise sessions.

emoticon Cycling
I cycle to and from work. I live at the top of a hill, so in the morning I cycle pretty easily down the hill, cross the road, until I get to the cycle path along the river. Then I usually go at a good clip until I get to work. When I get to work, I have to slow down anyway because of pedestrians.

emoticon Pilates
This is a class, and the instructor takes us through a warm up and cool down. And of course, Pilates requires lots of stretching emoticon

emoticon Tai Chi
The venue is a 15 minute walk, so I get some slow to brisk walking in before class starts. At the beginning of the class we warm up by rotating the joints that we use, followed by stretching. We don't tend to cool down after class, but I have the 15 minute walk home again, where I tend to wiggle out any creases.

emoticon Running
I have been starting from two different venues. One is a 15 minute walk and the other is a 5 minute walk. At the beginning of the sessions, we always walk before we run. At the end of one session we have a formal stretching session, and I cool down with the walk home.

emoticon Videos
Most of these include a warm up and cool down session, and depending on the type of video, there is sometimes a stretching session. If I am simply following individual exercises, I try to collate the videos into a sequence of warm up, exercise, stretch, and cool down.

Overall, I feel I do warm up and cool down, but perhaps do not do enough stretching. I have begun to stretch after coming out of a long hot shower, but this does not happen often enough as I am very conscious of not wasting precious water. Oh I wish I had a grey water system!

I'll have to think about what sort of stretches I can do after I get off my bike at work without feeling like an absolute twat. Stretching when I come home is ok, I can be a twat at home emoticon

Day 5 of my streak went reasonably well. Although I stayed within my calorie range I will have to be more organised in the coming days so that the preparation of breakfast and lunch is done in a timely fashion. An hour on the bike due to a to and from work ride, 8 glasses of water drunk, and a little time to myself tonight as I have the whole house to myself. Yay!
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