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We Adapt Quickly to Exercise

Posted Jun 04 2009 10:30pm
a daily chronicle about getting back in shape

When stuff happens, you just get back on track.   That’s what happened to me on Wednesday.  I had every intention of going straight to the gym from the office.  I won’t bore you with the details, but it didn’t work out.

So with renewed determination I went to the gym today.   I’m really happy when I do what I say I’m going to do.  Life is so much better on all levels when I know I can trust myself to follow through.  For me, it’s really important.  And I’ll bet it’s important to you too.

Today’s Workout

  • Elliptical machine (5 min. warm up)
  • Lower Body Weights (35 min.)
  • Crunches on an incline board (2 sets of 25)
  • Sauna (15 min.)
  • Then I went home, answered a few emails, and walked Toby - our regular 60-min. walk.

Today’s Healthy Dinner (you can copy it!)

In just minutes you can have this wonderful, healthy meal on the table:  Sauteed garlic, green onions, sliced carrots, asparagus, pea pods, spinach and about 3 ounces of sliced organic beef.  I added a little salt and pepper and a dash of hot pepper flakes.  I don’t want to brag, but it was so fabulous.  Simple, fast, and fabulous.  I had a little left over and will have it with an egg in the morning (mixed in).  Have you heard there’s a trend to have dinner for breakfast.  Guess I’m trendy.

The Really Good News (you’ll like this!)

Even though this was just my second lower body weight lifting session, I was already stronger, more acclimated, and less clumsy (and shaky) moving from machine to machine.  The first day I felt like a beached walrus flopping from machine to machine.  Awkward and embarrassed.  The 5 minutes on the elliptical machine was a lot easier to do too.  And remember how I said the 5 minute rowing session felt like 15?  Well today it felt like 5 minutes.  All in all, I’m much less tired at the end of the day than I was that first day when I zonked out really early-couldn’t move a muscle or do much of anything.

I am amazed at how quickly my body is adapting to these increased demands.   Amazed.  Of course, I have an aerobic base of walking about an hour a day most days for many years, so that has helped.  But I don’t have any strength training base and that piece is coming together fast!  So if you are starting a new fitness program, take heart - your body will adapt to it fairly quickly.  Maybe not at the same speed as others, but pretty quickly.

When instituting a new habit, it’s important to acknowledge any gains.  Successful businesses focus on ROI (Return on Investment)and so should we!  It’s motivating and satisfying to see improvements. 

Your Turn:   How’s your fitness routine going?  And your healthy eating plan?  Any other comments, resources, or suggestions.  Do tell at the comment link below.

Should you see a physician before starting an exercise program?

Medical Disclaimer: Any information you obtain from this blog series is not
intended and should not be construed as medical advice and is for the sole purpose of providing information derived from the experience of the author. Diet, exercise or other lifestyle changes should be made only after consulting with your own intuition, common sense, and health care practitioner.

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