I used to be a sportswoman (played basketball on the university team, swam, played tennis regularly, practiced yoga) and I always had energy to spare. I gradually dropped the sports and after living a sedentary life for 18 years, I now just pass out in the evenings after dinner. I've stopped going out to dinner with friends because I could doze off at table! Since I started to take myself into hand my energy level is slowly increasing and I thoroughly agree with the quote. I have every intention of using it and regaining a better me!
Sheri, have you ever used a "tens" unit for your back? It's an electrical impulse machine that you stick electrodes to your back, and the impulses help control the pain. Doesn't remove the cause of the pain, but does help with it. I just bought one for $55.00. If you have never used one, ask your doctor about it. It helps me tremendously. MYREEL
Fitness Minutes: (14,912) Posts: 10,159 3/7/09 12:34 A
IFFILAYO, thank you for the compliment. I am humbled when somebody is inspired by me. I really want to lose the weight and my size, and even though that may never happen due to the medical conditions I have and the number of meds I take, I will not stop trying, because it is helping to keep me at a level of healthfulness. I'm glad I could help you.
I'm better as far as the 6 weeks of bronchitis, but I still have my back spasm. BUT, I can get out and do some walking, just not power walking. I did a lot of it today...overdid it because my back hurt so bad I cried. But despite the pain, if you can understand this, it felt great and my mood is 98% better than it was first thing on Thursday morning!
I'm all for anything that will fight the aging process. I've begun to feel very, very old recently....and I'm only 44! So anything that gives me more energy and fights the aging process is a good thing in my book.
There was much rejoicing!
current weight: 216.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,770) Posts: 1,564 3/1/09 9:40 A
I know I've been down sick with bronchitis and with a back spasm for 5 weeks now, but I also notice that I feel better emotionally, if I can endure the walk to the little store across the corner. Normally it would take me 15 minutes to get there and back again. Right now, I'm averaging 10-15 minutes either way. I'm terribly sore with my back spasm when I get home, but I do feel better emotionally. It gets me out to clear the cobwebs as my mom would say. Do we set our own 10 minute goals here? I'm just curious as to how it works.
I've noticed that the more I exercise or fit little amounts of walking into my life the better I feel energy wise. I am also feeling like I can accomplish more of what I need/want to do in a shorter amount of time. I feel much more motivated now than I did before I applied the 10 minutes a day. I actually have found that I exercise longer than ten minutes on some days.
current weight: 134.5
Fitness Minutes: (7,693) Posts: 1,119 2/23/09 12:32 P
I have realized that the healthier I become, the better I feel, and the more I can stretch and move. I knew I had an upcoming back surgery and was very afraid that I wouldn't be able to move that well if I didn't get into better health and shape than I was - well, I'm certainly glad I did because I know I would have felt worse. I am able to recover much quicker and now that I am able to begin walking again, realize how quickly I lost my ability to move around - I'm not as limber or as flexible as I used to be in that short amount of time - less than a month. I also begin to get sore quickly, and when I was up to almost maximum potential, I was able to work out for 2 hours quite well. Now, I'm working up towards where I was.
We can only improve the quality of our lives by getting up and moving our bodies. If it helps us to lose weight and look better that's a bonus, but exercise will definitely improve the quality of our lives in many ways.
There was much rejoicing!
current weight: 216.0
Fitness Minutes: (61,448) Posts: 10,093 2/20/09 10:03 P
How true! I'd been so sedentary for too many years to count, but still feel like I should be able to do alot of moves I see in these exercise videos! I use too! But then I remember, that was oh so many years ago and much water has flowed over the damn since then and oh so much fat has grown on this body and so many muscles I forgot I even had!!!lol It's coming back although slowly, but I keep plugging away hoping to get some of it back. Keep razzing your friends! You're doing them a favor and hopefully they'll see it while it's still not too hard to save themselves alot of heartache a decade or two down the road! All we can lose is excess weight and a bad habit of sitting around on our tushes! Nothing bad about that, huh? Keep on keeping on!!
Zone 7 Mid western Piedmont of N.C. Eastern time zone
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
current weight: 159.0
Fitness Minutes: (25,782) Posts: 1,885 2/20/09 9:48 P
So, I read somewhere recently (wish I could find the article), that the human body is the only machine that breaks down from LESS use. So, the less we use our muscles and bones, the more likely it is that our bodies will throw in the towel on us. So, this is my motivation to keep working out and getting fit and I've been hassling my best-friends to do the same, because the very idea of any one of us not making it into our 50s simply because we have been too sedentary really... well, it scares me.
Also, losing weight is an awesome side-effect as well!
You've only one life and one body. You really can't find the time for your body? Really?! -From me to myself
"TO MOVE THE WORLD, WE MUST FIRST MOVE OURSELVES." -Socrates
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