Ever since elementary school, I’ve heard “some movement is better than nothing”. I don’t think I really believed it until this week. When I started my weight loss journey, I went to the gym and pushed myself until I was sweaty and could feel “the burn”. And I judged my workouts by how I felt at the end of them. Maybe that’s right, maybe that’s wrong – I’m not a certified trainer or anything – but I do know my body. I saw results and was happy with them.
When I had my car accident, my doctors restricted my workouts because of my injury. Then four months later I go to physical therapy and I began to regain my strength. Then I would go back to the gym and TRY to push myself like I did before – well after 2 workouts like that and calling in to work because I couldn’t move at all – lesson learned. My body was the same. Discouragement set in and so I decided to take up jogging again. I would jog at lunch as an escape from the office and felt pretty good until we had 100+ degree days. So I went about 4 months without going to the gym, without talking walks (even a slow walk) – I did everything but any type of fitness.
This week I started back to the gym – and yes, I made it 3 days this week. I’ve came up with a plan to push myself but not to the point where I can’t move. This week, I walked a total of 4.56 on the treadmill and did a total of 60 mins on the machines. I’m doing the same machines they used during my physical therapy sessions 🙂 figured I know how to adjust the weight to help strengthen my body. The first day I was tired, but pushed thru it. I could feel a “burn” it wasn’t the same type as 2 years ago, but one day I’ll be back to that. And am I sore – yes…but I’m still able to function with normal life.
I want to be smarter about working out. If I know how far I can push my body each time, then I’m gaining strength. And then that means, the next time I can push further! I’m now learning what my gym teacher, college biology professor, and former weight watcher leader would say – if I had kept some movement in my routine – even if it was just walking – I could have rocked the elliptical rather than being winded after the first few minutes. But my goal is by the beginning of February to last 15 mins on the elliptical. That may not sound like nothing to some people, but for me, it’s a reachable goal in the time.
I’m serious about keep movement in my life, to the point I have 60 mins blocked on my calendar for at least 3 days a week to do a workout. Also, I found on pinterest an idea to have a workout reward jar! You put a dollar in each day you workout – set a date of when you’re spending that money. For me, I’m going to spend it when I head to the beach the beginning of September!
What are some ways you stay motivated to workout and to keep moving – whether it’s walking, biking, skating, etc???