Physical Issues Making Exercise More Difficult
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I know that exercise is a necessary component to living a healthier lifestyle. In the past, I did exercise on a regular basis and I know the benefits that brings. However, largely due to surgery and radiation treatments, I now find that I am having difficulty even doing the 1 mile walk with Leslie Sansone's DVD. I got about half-way and my left hip was screaming in pain and my left leg became a block of wood (lost sensation) from my knee up to my hip. I have had all kinds of tests to try to find out what is wrong with my leg. The only concrete result was mild arthritis in my hip. My doctor feels the numbness in the leg could be sciatica.
So, now I am fearing the exercise and cannot find the motivation to torture myself. Every day I wake up and say, "I will exercise today". And every day, I don't. Well, I am doing some upper body strength training with light weights and some stretching moves, but I don't even know how to log that here as "exercise".
I now am wondering if I might do better in a more structured environment rather than suffering on my own at home. I have logged hours in fitness centers/gyms in my not too distant past, so maybe I will do better if I try to get back into that routine again. I think I will make a few visits to local spots and see if I can arrange a "trial membership" and see if I am able to do more outside my home. I hate to spend a lot of money on something I may not be able to do anymore.
Whew...I just re-read this blog and realize I am sounding very "whiny". Although I am tempted not to post this, I am blogging to create a journal of my journey to a healthier lifestyle. I do not believe I should exclude the times when I am feeling uncertain and weak. My inclination has always been to present the bright side to others, knowing that is what most people want to hear. Not sure if that approach has provided me with the support I could use in times of need. So, if anyone out there has any suggestions on how I might get back in the exercise saddle again, I will appreciate it!