Sunday, October 27, 2013
Me? Jog? On a regular basis? This still sounds foreign in my head, but I am warming up to the idea for several reasons.
Here is my list;
1. Save time.
2. Gain health.
3. Gain workout credibility.
(Because, lets face it; my stretches, walking, resistance-band routine, and now-and-then hiking is not really impressing more "hard-core" exercisers like my husband. I would love to be able to keep up with him!)
I use my feet for transportation most days, but I've always walked. I have a phobia of public transportation. (silly, I know..) Since my work is 2-3 K from my house, I'll walk several miles most weeks. Not bad, but not that challenging at this point. And, I fear, perhaps less rewarding than I hoped.
At my latest visit at the allergists I had the usual tests done. I was told my lung functioning had declined, and was merely average. I was told this could be effects of the vaccine (this will be monitored closely), but it could very well just be effects of me moving less at higher intensities since last visit.
So, that offered food for thought.. I have been taking it kinda easy lately. I had considerable side-effects starting the vaccine, fatigued, runny eyes and nose, so the first 3 weeks I really slowed down working out.
Last Thursday I was in a hurry. I knew I would have the lab to myself, so I opted to walk/jog/run to work, and then jog the scenic route back home after. It went well. It was rough going up the hills, I'll admit, but I got there and back on time.. AND I learned a lesson. I CAN jog! Is it easy? Nope. Is it comfortable. NO. Did I look extremely unfit huffing along all lobster-red in the face? Probably..
Still, I DID IT! (and survived!)
So, with that lesson in fresh memory, and with my declining lung health in the back of my mind, I've decided to change things up a bit. Starting next week I intend to jog home after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'll keep up with my yoga and resistance-band routine. This will probably end up in fewer fitness-minutes over the week, even if I opt for the scenic route home, but hopefully more fitness for my minutes invested.
Wish me luck! I will definitely need some cheering on..