Friday, April 9, 2010

Feeling Grouchy

I have mentioned before that I'm lucky enough to work for an employer who puts emphasis on health and well-being.

This week's offering, which I attended, was a Nutrition Workshop. More on that later. For now, suffice to say that before we got into the foodie merits of couscous versus quinoa, there was plenty of more general, upbeat encouragement to take care of ourselves, including inevitable exhortations to exercise.

Hah! I'm slightly ashamed to admit that kind of message is making me grumpy right now. Frankly, I was sitting there with my arms folded, thinking "Well, sure, I'd be happy to go out and run 30 miles a week if it wasn't for this pathetic knee."

But of course, "I would if I could" is not actually the same as exercising.

Clearly I need to break out of my grump and find a routine with other forms of fitness which are effective and enjoyable. I do go regularly to a lunchtime Body Sculpt class, but even stationary lunges and squats are starting to bug my knee. Cycling is sort of OK, but I never work up to the kind of (an)aerobic levels that I was getting with running. Last weekend, I did manage 11 gentle miles on two wheels, although I suspect eating a cooked breakfast at the half-way point was not the smartest dietary tactic!

Anyway, enough whinging. We can all point to people who manage to exercise despite perceived barriers, including one who is missing a whole leg, never mind a funny knee. It's time for me to hit the road/pedals/oars and join them.

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  1. I've had to accept the same thing for myself--hence the two spin classes a week I've decided to do in place of a couple runs. It's not the same, but if you can find something that gives you a good sweat, it's satisfying enough. Good luck...wish I had some suggestions for you.

  2. Big my post on Inspiring Wellness @ Collage of Life
    It is mind over matter in my books...
    I need partners in crime..someone to answer to that will not make me run up and down 5000 steps!
    Have a good one...

  3. it is an unending 'work in progress' for me to start the first step and continue on with my exercise plans...still never did. i will be getting a new exercise CD from my friend tonight and i will try this new stuff...maybe this time it will work. i will surely share it with you! thanks for dropping by my blog, great visiting your blog and looking forward to more of your post. i am your follower! verbanacottage


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