The one thing I know I can do for myself.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
I wrote a few days ago about my legs being fatigued from all of the activities I do for myself and my wife. I decided that most important for me was to take off some weight, to help ease the burden.
When I work out at the gym, I start out with the stationary bike, do my strength training, and then do ten minutes on the treadmill. I've also mentioned that not a day goes by that I don't have muscle fatigue in my legs by early evening.
It just occurred to me to stop doing the treadmill in my training, and to use an economy of movement in whatever I do at home during the day. If I'm getting up to get myself a drink or something to snack on, that is the exact time I should be getting something for my wife, if she needs it.
I feel I have been in a continual state that is just like overtraining. Carrying around my 290 lbs all day and night is too much, and I have no adequate recovery period.
So at the gym I will try the stationary bike at the end of my workout, and will have at least 20 minutes of cardio total. (Using the stationary bike doesn't seem to have the fatigue effect on my legs that weight bearing exercise does.) I started doing this economy of movement today, as well as cutting my gym session short with no treadmill. It is now 2:54 AM ( I know, my wife and I keep late hours), and I am actually feeling good physically, with very little muscle fatigue. My legs are happier, and I am happier. Once again, I have arrived at something that could benefit me, that I or someone else should have discovered a long time ago. One small step for a man, one giant leap for happiness. :-) Glenn