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Endurance & exercise

Sunday, February 24, 2013

WAAAY back in the day, I used to exercise. A lot. And I loved it. But, I also had the body to go with it. I wasn't fighting a ginormous gut to bend forward. I wasn't battling weakened muscles to try new things. These are things that I, unfortunately, have to deal with since I have gained a lot of weight.

With that being said, it always kind of amazes me how quickly muscles can be retrained! I realize that I'm only 34 years old, and that muscle starts to go away if you don't use it after your 20's....but you'd think after SUCH a sedentary life, along with massive weight gain would cause me to lose all that I had. Well, guess what? I HAVEN'T!!

It amazes me, for example, when I'm doing Yoga. Although my muscles had started out tight, I was never in any pain, and I am able to do stretches that would look impossible for someone who weighs as much as I do! (Now if I could ONLY get that pesky stomach out of the way...... In due time, in due time!) I work different muscle groups out with body weights, or lifting weights, and I am AMAZED at how easily some of it comes! It's as though my body remembers! And cardio - of course I have eased back into it S-L-O-W-L-Y...because after all, I am a "newbie" and out of shape, so I need low impact! The last couple of days I decided to mix it up a little and go out of my (current) comfort zone. Again, I was pleasantly surprised!! To sustain myself through some high impact workouts for 45 - 60 minutes........I couldn't believe it!! Now believe you me, I was SWEATING like a pig, breathing heavy, and was pretty tired, but it appears that the need to "take it easy" was all in my head!

All this to say - does our body retain some amount of "knowledge" from how you treated it in the past? Do my muscles remember how strong they were? Does my cardiovascular system remember a day when it got a great workout? And if so, is that going to help propel me forward faster than I ever anticipated I could go? I plan to test this out and see. WITHIN reason - I don't expect to be SuperWoman and lift cars and run a marathon. But, I can definitely see myself amping it up each time a little more, just to see how my body reacts. I think that the 30 Day Shred may be in my near future, instead of this summer or later. I'm pretty excited!! :-)

~ Christa
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  • PROT358
    I think our body is highly adaptable and quickly rises to challenges we give it. I also read in a book by Joyce Verdral that when you work out/gain muscle, then let it slip away, that when you go to regain that muscle it takes less time than it did originally. So even if you feel like you're starting back at zero it may not, in fact, be zero ;) Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress!
    1912 days ago
    Muscle memory. emoticon How exciting will it be that you will be ahead of your schedule for 30 Day Shred. emoticon emoticon
    1913 days ago
    emoticon job! It is amazing how strong we can be even when we don't realize it! I think that's how women are made. We are the strong ones and your body just proved it to you! Keep it up! Remember how good you felt when you were done working out! emoticon
    1913 days ago
    You're doing great! Keep it up:-) emoticon emoticon
    1913 days ago
    Yes, I think your brain is firing your muscles in the way it used to do. Congrats with your achievements. It is great that you are getting back into a "normal life" of being fit and healthy.
    1913 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Doesn't it feel good?
    1913 days ago
    I'm so excited for you. It's always an amazing feeling when you're able to accomplish so much more than you thought you could.

    And I don't know about you, but with me I'm pretty sure the muscles are always there. They're just waiting for me to find them.
    1914 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    I have heard the phrase muscle memory, this may be part of that! They may just be happy to be used and are cooperating so they will continued to be use! What ever te reason it is nice to know you've still got it!
    1914 days ago
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    1914 days ago
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