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.