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Getting started on strength training


Monday, September 10, 2007

I did it! I set my alarm for 5 a.m. and headed to the gym. It felt horrible and I questioned myself as I drove in the dusk. But I warmed up for 35 minutes on the treadclimber and then managed a full circuit on the nautilus machines.
I have to and I want to remember the difference in how I felt as I drove to the gym and as I drove home. My 60 year old body didn't ache and complain on the way home -- it enjoyed and needed the oxygen and lube job on the joints.
This weekend was a chance for me to reflect on the difference between what I've liked to do and what I am having difficulty doing now. The reality is that I am not sure I can continue to do those things. that I like so much. For me, jogging outside is a meditation and prayer time and has a lot to do with my positive mental health.
But,alas, the realization came painfully that being strong was going to have to take precedence over jogging and aerobics -- at least for now. I have been doing an hour a day of aerobic jogging, but I am having more difficulty getting my joints going in the morning and I "feel old". I remember so well when I broke my ankle 5 years ago and then realized I was too fat and too weak to suspend myself from my arms on a walker. I exercised then, but I really never built in strength training in a way that I could sustain.
I tried to develop Plan A. Plan B and Plan C to include srength training. The preferred plan, Plan A, all revolved around my ability to get myself to the gym in the morning and warmed up enough to do strength.
YEAH! I did it and I think I liked it. I certainly felt better -- which is its own reward.
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