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Musings: On Exercise & Pain…

Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.”  George Sheehan

Musings: On Exercise & Pain... Listen to your body

On Exercise: Listen To Your Body & Monitor Your Pain. 
Do you exercise through pain? When do you know it is time to stop or avoid a routine? I’ve always loved to exercise and, over the years, I have tried many forms of exercise; running, dancing, step, yoga, Pilates, spin, jazz, zumba, swimming, power walking and a bunch of others. One thing I’ve never cared for and still don’t believe is that line “No pain, no gain.” Sure, there is a certain amount of pain, it should be tolerable not sharp, that comes with doing strenuous exercise, but that nonsense of burning a hole through your muscles and bearing incredible amounts of pain for the sake of getting fit is not only dangerous, it is quite frankly, stupid.

There is no reason to torture our bodies in our bid to get in shape. If you’re a triathlete or an Olympian, then you have signed on to exert yourself beyond a certain point, hopefully with the guidance of a sensible, well trained coach. The rest of us need moderate exercise with a reasonable amount of exertion that doesn’t include extreme pain. For this post, I went looking for helpful articles on the subject of exercise and pain and I’ll add them at the end of each paragraph… All are quite enlightening.
Read: Making Sense of Exercise Pain
The Pain of Gain – Health: What causes exercise pain?

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Hippocrates

Musings: On Exercise & Pain... Know and respect your limits

Back in the days when I had fewer cares, I danced and exercised strenuously almost daily. I participated in school sports too and enjoyed it but, over time, the strain and constant pressure of jumping up and down took its toll on my body; specifically my feet and knees. The truth is that no matter how fit you are, over time, the natural wear and tear on the body will leave you with a certain amount of chronic pain and perhaps damaged ligaments.  Doubt me? Ask any athlete! I remember pushing through some of the pain and believing that a massage and some rest would heal the soreness; what is often called delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. There were times it worked but not always.

So years later, as I write this post, I know the parts of my body that bore the brunt of a stubborn ego that refused to stop and assess what was wise to do when pain came calling during an exercise routine. I still exercise almost daily but I listen to my body vigilantly and monitor my exercise pain threshold. I don’t do certain types of exercises anymore, jumping up and down is for the birds, and I’ve increased my weight training routine to ensure my body stays strong. What about you and your routine? More below. ;-)
Read: That Little Voice Inside Your Twinge
Muscle Pain and Soreness After Exercise

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Wishful Thinking: Activities We Wish Will Keep Us Fit…

“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wishful Thinking: Activities to keep us fit... Sleeping

Wishful Thinking: Activities to keep us fit... Sitting

When I read the prompt from the Daily post page about non-exercise activities we wished would keep us fit, I had to chuckle. I’m sure many of us have read those silly scam ads that promise to help us lose weight while we sleep and, hey, we all wish certain things would happen with the snap of a finger. What I liked about the prompt is that it got our creative juices flowing and many of my fellow bloggers left their ideas in the forum. I have listed them below in three groupings… Come back later for more commentary from me. Updated below. ;-)

Another thing this exercise got me thinking about is Erica’s post on finding a cure for writer’s block, and you know, the list here helps. That and a little prayer can go a long way. Of course, we know wishful thinking isn’t enough… We still have to move our feet and do the work. But on those days when nothing shows up, a bit of creative fun helps.

From the suggestions I noted, the top three below confirmed that sleeping ruled, followed by sitting to type/write and, of course, eating. I thought daydreaming would top the chart but, between sleeping and blogging, we covered a lot of ground. :-) Yeah, in case you’re wondering, I listed the number of times I read a particular suggestion/idea… It does read like a repetitive poem or the lyrics to a bad song. Doesn’t it? Hmmm, procrastinating or maybe research should be on the list. LOL! Below, in three takes/groupings, is a breakdown of what my fellow bloggers offered Scott as a keep-fit-without-exercise-wish.

Sleeping. Sleeping. Sleeping. Napping. SLEEPING. SLEEPING. Sleeping.
Sitting at my computer. Typing. Sitting at the computer. Typing. Sitting at the computer. Sitting at my computer.
Eating! Eating. Eating. Eating. Eating. Eating.
Riding the back of a motorcycle. Biking. Riding on the back of a Harley Davidson. Biking.
Daydreaming. Daydreaming. Daydreaming.

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.”Miguel de Cervantes

Wishful Thinking: Activities to keep us fit... DayDreaming

Wishful Thinking: Activities to keep us fit... Watching pinkrose butterflies

The next batch included related wishes that were suggested fewer times. I had imagined these would top the list but… they didn’t. Reading, writing and blogging do go hand in hand and I suppose because we do it daily, it was an obvious choice. I presume many wanted to suggest something original or humorous. Another interesting point in this grouping is the association of drinking with writing and reading… We all know of famous authors who drank a lot but I wonder if the drinking came before or after a creative burst of activity… What do you think? Hmmm :-)

Reading. Reading. Reading.
Blogging! Blogging.
Winning! Drinking
Writing. writing.

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