Everyone falls off the beam at some point or another, right? This month has been a laxidazical approach to fitness (and writing) although most days have been filled with at least a small amount of physical activity, even if just 15 minutes of yoga.
I’ve learned that at this point in my fitness, I can’t run my favorite path, because the downhills hurt my knee. The pounding is too much and it often hurts for a few days after the jaunt. For those of you just joining, I am recovering from bursitis in my knee, which had me out of running for four months. A three-mile flat loop is about all that I can do right now, running wise. Unfortunately, I can’t bank on last year’s workout, just yesterday’s, and that can sometimes be frustrating.
When I look at my fitness from years past, I realize that’s where I want to be. I want to be enjoying five-mile runs with ease as we gradually move into the Summer, but it’s just not happening at the moment. I have to accept where I am, from a fitness standpoint, and work with what I’ve got.
The benefit of any form of physical activity, is that it reduces stress. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol (a fat storing chemical) and the bio-chemistry of your blood changes, both of which are contributing factors to weight gain. Lowering stress levels will help with any weight loss regimen, which means something as simple as taking a walk mid-day, meditation in the morning or a short workout, even when you don’t think there’s time. Something, even 15 minutes, is always better than nothing.
As the rain comes down here in our Nation’s capitol, I’m off to the gym to get my sweat on and endorphins going. Physical activity guidelines indicate that everyone should get at least 150 minute of moderate intensity cardiovascular activity every week, as well as two sessions of muscle strengthening exercise. Today, I’m going to knock out about half of that cardio activity, and get “back on the beam.”