So. Exercise. How’s it going? What does it mean to exercise for health within a balanced life? I won’t bore you with what the ‘experts’ say. I’ll just bore you with what I’m doing LOL.
One of the big things I have always thought about is how much time do I want to spend exercising? What is the lowest common denominator?–that is, what is the most benefit that can be derived from exercise in the least amount of time? In my quest for a whole and healthy life, there are a lot of things I want to fit into the day. Most days I do not accomplish all of those things. So to spend an extraordinary amount of time exercising just doesn’t cut it for me. But… there’s that ‘healthy’ word that I stuck in there.
So I take at least a 30 minute walk 6 days a week. Most days I do two 20 minute walks. One moderate paced, and lately one very fast challenging pace. Then, my goal is to work out at the gym 3 days per week for 30 minutes. Lately I have only gotten 20 minutes in, but that is essentially a complete workout–balanced amount of upper body and lower body exercises. Have to admit that core is hit or miss.
Now, part of the 20 minute walking thing is that my knee and various other joints hurt. A lot, most days. So its hard to want to walk for more than 20 minutes when it hurts. But I did know (intellectually, not psychologically) that it didn’t hurt worse to walk for a longer period of time. So after Shelley talking about her Saturday morning 5 mile runs, I declared that I would take my old 5 mile walk to the Indian Grinding Rocks State Park. Oh dear. By Friday morning I wanted to back out. But with Helen and Shelley
goading cheering me on in the comments, I got up bright and early and set out shortly after 7 am on Saturday morning (because it was predicted to be a high of 97 degrees on Saturday!)
And we made it (Noah and I, that is!) And I didn’t feel worse after the walk, I felt better. In fact, today I felt even better. Mentally more than anything else. So I am going to add the long walks back in to the rotation. I am usually at a loss as to what to do with Saturdays (after working for so long every Saturday) so this seems like a good way to start the day.
So with all these aches and pains in the joints (there is a surprising LACK of information on osteoarthritis out there on the interwebs) it seems like adding in swimming would be a very good thing to do. I always get a little shy about getting back in the pool, but with this hot weather I’m pretty sure I’ll get over that shortly!
So that’s where my exercise routine is these days. I have exercised a lot more in the past, and of course I have exercised a lot LESS in the distant past. Right or wrong, for me right now, this is the lowest common denominator for exercise in my life.