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Saturday, January 12, 2013

I haven't been able to exercise since January 1, my last XC ski. I've been battling a pretty serious flu/cold which left me short of breath and at times nauseated, feverish, weak. .

I'm not completely recovered but today finally I'm ready for some mild kind of work out!

It's rainy -- no skiing possible. So I'll head for the gym: elliptical, weights, stretching.

The trick here is to take it easy . . . not try to "make up" for 11 missed days. That would be counter-productive for sure!

Just reminding myself: there have been many periods in my life when I haven't been able to exercise, and I always get back to it. As soon as I can.

Because: I really like the way I feel when I'm exercising regularly.

Exercise doesn't help much with weight loss or maintenance (for me): does help a whole lot with general zip and zest for life! And, of course, fitness -- cardio, strength -- which is I suppose the source of zip and zest!

Plus I know so many people at my gym, where I've been a member since 1975 (yes, really!) And it's always great to see them. The social aspects of a gym workout help me keep going back.

Reminding myself again: take it easy. I won't have the same endurance or strength I had January 1. Take it easy.

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    You are right...the trick is to 'take it easy' and 'ease back into the workout routine'.....Hope you will feel much better ...and be back to 100% real soon.... emoticon
    1981 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2013 6:54:43 PM
    Listen to your body...mine has no problem slowing things down considerably when I'm outta shape...as I sadly found after letting things go for a couple weeks while visiting my son over the holidays! During my 1st Spinning class after getting back in the saddle felt like I was in quicksand!

    So far my flu shot is doing its job well...crossing my fingers! AND praying to the snow gods...only ONE cx skiing outing so far this year!

    Hope your bounce-back is progressing well!

    1982 days ago
  • DALID414
    Wow! I still haven't been working out (since the 1st, too). The one upside to it only hit me today: I'm not competing with the New Years resolutioners for gym time.
    1982 days ago
    Here's to " general zip and zest for life"!
    1983 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You are a smart woman.... taking the time to recover and rebuild.
    That exercise does make on feel so good.
    Hope you are 100% soon.

    1984 days ago
    I'm glad you're feeling better. You have exactly the right attitude as you get back to normal.
    1984 days ago
    Definitely don't push yourself too hard, you don't want a relapse! Stay warm and DRY (as in don't work up a dripping sweat) and bundle up for the drive home.


    And feel better soon!
    1984 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! That is a long time to be sick! So glad you are feeling better and can get back to routines! Exercise is my drug of choice :) Got to love those feel good endorphins! That is fantastic you have been at that gym since 1975! No wonder you are such a good maintainer -consistency is #1!! Bonus is getting to know the regulars there!
    All around me people have had long bouts of illness that have lasted for weeks. Seems like a nasty virus was sure making the rounds over the holidays!
    Enjoy and listen to your body!
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    1985 days ago
    So glad you're feeling better. The flu is really rotten, we're still all recovering to. Taking it easy is the answer for sure. Take care. Hope your workout left you feeling great and not like a dish rag. CJ
    1985 days ago
    So sorry you have been sick. So hoping you took your own advice and took it easy, especially when you are not 100% and have had to miss some fitness sessions. Yes, this healthy lifestyle is "in sickness and in health" and all that stuff. We are committed to listen to our bodies and do what we should do!! Yes, we are.

    Hope you are 100% by the time you read this post!! -Marsha
    1985 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon but with temperance as you recover from the 'crud' - hope you are back to 100% before too long.
    1985 days ago
    I love the gum, too, and I miss exercising when I can't go. Take it easy until you are fully recovered. There is a lot of flu going around this year.
    1985 days ago
    Take it easy is right! Be good to yourself!! Enjoy moving your body in a way that feels right.
    1985 days ago
    Glad you're feeling better and ready to workiut. Good approach, ans a good example. I get tempted into the "make it up" mentality myself.
    1985 days ago
  • KANOE10
    You are smart to ease into it. I did not do strength training for a week..and wow could I feel the difference.

    I am sorry you were ill..but glad you are returning back to the gym. I have more energy when I exercise also.

    1985 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear you've been ill, Ellen. Welcome back to feeling better. I"m glad you'll be taking it easy today! emoticon
    1985 days ago
    Glad to hear you are feeling better..and you're right ..take it easy..I was sick most of Dec and mine turned into bronchitis with 3 relapses from over doing :(

    Take it easy :)
    1985 days ago
    Ah, yes... so wise of you to ease back in! Recovery is a process. Trying to rush it doesn't pay, and can cause relapse. emoticon emoticon
    1985 days ago
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