Sunday, September 18, 2016
I have a rowing machine in my office. I go in spurts as to how often I use it. But this year has been pretty difficult, so haven't taken the time to row my way to a strong healthy body.
Today I changed that. The change is completely due to the article about 10 minutes a day. I joined that team, thinking "Heck! I can do 10 minutes standing on my head."
Maybe so, but I sure got a lesson from the rowing machine today.
I started rowing right along, got to 100 pulls, and checked the time to see how long I had been rowing. I was sure it must have been at least 15 minutes.
Nope! I only rowed for 4 minutes! Here I am, all sweaty and breathing harder, and only ten measley minutes have passed??!!
Okay, so I keep going and counting. 200 pulls gave me 8 minutes. At least my timing is consistent.
I finish out the last 2 minutes, totally amazed as to how far out of shape I am in!
I well remember when I would do 30 minutes minimum at a time, feeling uplifted with every pull.
10 minutes lasted a LIFETIME! It seemed like I was never going to reach that amount of workout on the rower, but I persevered and met it.
It didn't take any time at all for me to realize how much out of shape I am in once again. Just walking and doing aerobics is not enough for my body. I have to work it HARD for the desired results.
I can feel each and every muscle worked today. They are all saying "You forgot we were even HERE, didn't you!" My only honest answer can be "Yep. I was ignoring the really hard workouts, lulling myself into staying on easy street".
No wonder I was on a plateau for so long!
today taught me a lesson. That lesson is "I HAVE TO WORK ALL OF MY BODY TO GET RESULTS I WANT AND NEED."
So I will continue to do 10 minutes on the rower, plus my other workouts, for this one week. Then I will remeasure my body, get on the scale, and note the difference a ten minute row a day is working.
I can find 10 minutes a day. I can MAKE 10 minutes a day for the rowing and for myself.
While I am hurting a bit today, I feel more energized and positive.
Hard sweaty workouts are SO good for me!!