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Why the Heck not?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The whole world is crazy busy. I know that because if I need to find a friend to drive me to the pharmacy - a ten minute trip- everyone I ask is too tied up to help. And it's not because it's no fun to go to the pharmacy. I've invited people over to sample from my enormous collection of tea...and still the reason (excuse?) that they are too busy.

I am not busy.

Other than an occasional shower and washing the dishes and feeding myself...I have nothing but free time. So then. What is my excuse that is keeping me from 10 minutes of exercise?
Well, Pain is one reason. I like to work out in the morning...however my body is stiff as a board and very painful in the AM. So what can I do? How about some simple ROM (range of motion) stretches ....These will help to keep me moving freely without my joints all freezing up in constricted postions. It's important for a person with RA (etc) to keep those joints moving. That I can do in bed.

I also have some stretches and exercises that my PT taught me to do in the kitchen...utilizing the counter like a Barre. There is one that I LOVE....I often do it while I'm cooking and my back is excruciating. I stretch my arms out in front of me grabbing the tip of the counter and bending over....slowly I do squats which my back bent over like that. It stretches our my tight shoulders and my back as well as exercises my legs and butt.....I also like to do wall pushups. And sometimes I walk up and down the stairs twice (that is all I can safely do)

So why? why do I not do these things? Why do I not go down and just ride my recumbent bike for ten minutes. Or use the Swiss ball.? None of these things are unpleasant. When I'm doing them I enjoy them so why do I have to DRAG myself down to exercise? I have resistance bands hanging right on my lamp at the foot of my bed. Who says I have to go to the basement to work out? Who says I have to do them at the crack of dawn. Because I'm home all day every day, it is not as important for me to do them really early. later is ok. and they don't have to be done all in one chunk...do ten or twenty here and there. The bike is the only thing it's important to do in one sitting.

I need to get a grip on my self and overcome theses excuses....I know it will become easier once I am not so fat. It will become easier once I cross that magic line. ...when suddenly all I want to do is exercise...when my day is ruined if for some reason I cannot work out. I want to be at that point but there is' just one path there. And it is three words. : JUST DO IT.
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    Way to break through your own paradigms about when/where/how exercise MUST be done!

    I used to think I had to meditate in the morning but could never get myself to do it. Then I realized that it works better for me to do it in the afternoon... I'm less busy then, more tired and it revives me, etc.

    There is some discomfort exercising when getting started, but it can help relieve and manage pain.

    You said it: "Just do it!"
    2087 days ago
  • PGHP31CK
    Cheering you on!! I know you will do it!
    2087 days ago
    it's hard to overcome our own inertia! hang in there, friend. think kindly of and speak gently to yourself. emoticon
    2087 days ago
    Recognition is the first step. You know you need to just do it. I made a goal to eercise at least 10 min a day and setup a reward if I do it for a complete month. My reward is a professional massage. I got to tell you it gets me to exercise even if I do not want to and then it becomes a habit. And I usually end up doing more than 30 min. Yeah!! May be try setting up a reward system for yourself that will really insprie you to meet the goal..

    2088 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I thought pharmacies would be happy to deliver, they sure are here.
    That is great there are things you actually can do -good news! But getting over the pain hump is a big mountain to climb, it sure is.
    Its the rule of kinetics -a body in motion tends to stay in motion, a body at rest tends to stay at rest. Got to break through that inertia!!
    Some here, some there, throughout the day, squeezing in a little exercise, sounds like a good plan!
    Yes, you can do it!
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    2088 days ago
    Yes, getting started can be difficult, but it is so worth it. I started exercising because I was so unhealthy and everything hurt all the time (back, legs, feet, arms, etc.).

    But that 10 minutes here and there will pay off. I found that just feeling better gave me the motivation to keep exercising. It's good to be stronger and pain free.

    I wish you best!
    2088 days ago
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