Working out is good for you, by now I’m sure you know this. It’s good for your mind and good for your body and soul and attitude too. Yesterday’s run worked out some kinks that were squatting in my muscles making me feel tired and sore. Today, I’m experiencing D.O.M.S or what is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. That’s the familiar 2 day post workout hell that you feel after an intense workout. Today is 3 days for me but sometimes they last a little longer than a day or two. Although I am less sore, my body is still achy and generally felt like it needed some time in the old taffy machine that used to be in the taffy store at Paragon Park. I loved that store and watching the taffy puller knead what would end up in the wax paper wrappers to the right consistency. That’s what I feel like I need today…A TAFFY PULLER! One good thing to do when you feel that way (not so much if you’re tired per se because then it gets dangerous) is to do some weight training. Yep that’s right, if you do some weight training when your muscles are still a little apathetic it will stretch them out and work out the cobwebs kind of like the nice stretch you do after a much needed nap. I always feel better after a weight workout when I’m achy, today was no exception. It’s days like this that require more mental fortitude than other days because it is SO easy to fall off the wagon setting you back several strides. It set me up for some AB work tonight which otherwise wouldn’t be happening had I woosed out and said “not today”. This life of fitness I’ve decided I’m into is not a sprint but a marathon. It’s one day at a time and as long as I can do something every day, even on the sore days, and give it my best I’ll consider it successful.
If you have sore muscles, HERE is an article that discusses DOMS and some things you can do to feel better.
What do you do when you are tired and sore from working out?
Fitness is about dedication, determination, acceptance, fortitude, routine, consistency, learning, application, switching it up, flexibility and so many other things. Learning to work within all of these words to be the best and smartest athlete you can is a process. Sometimes you give it your all and other times you give it all you have in the tank. Knowing when to do either of those things is really important. Being able to accept the days when you just can’t give 100% for whatever reason is something that takes a lot of effort, at least on my part, to wrap my head around. You won’t get very far if you don’t learn to work within the boundaries of what can and cannot be accomplished on any given day. You do what you can and accept that one day at a time.
My struggle to decide what fitness routine I want to do every day at 5:00 am isn’t always clear. Sometimes I don’t even know until that morning what direction I’m going to take. Sometimes I end up doing exactly what I want and other days I just do what I can because time isn’t always on my side. I can’t complain because I work out 7 days a week most weeks and switching up my routine with a schedule like that is really important to staying healthy and not wearing myself down too much. Today I had another fight with my body. We got home from rehearsal at 11:45. Thank god I did lunches earlier in the night! Anyway, my alarm just seemed to go off way too early. I fought with my body, which will be another year older in a few weeks, for 15 minutes after the alarm went off trying to decide if we were headed out or headed downstairs. I wasn’t really keen on even getting out of bed today. Sleep was laying on me like an elephant today and I wasn’t really fighting it much. So after several minutes of consideration and deliberation about what we were going to commit to, downstairs won.
For those who haven’t read my previous blogs, my husband and I build, paint and manage the sets for the high school musical productions put on by The Raynwater Players made up of the students at the school. The show is tomorrow and its ridiculously big this time with too many sets, too many pieces left to finish and too many late nights. Making this all happen is cumbersome and there is just so much prep each night to make the most of every minute. Making dinners and lunches and getting supplies and things grows daily and takes more and more time away from sleeping as we get closer. Today I can’t even go in to work on the show because I will be picking my son up from college for the summer (WOO HOO! SO HAPPY!).
These things all take my time putting a choke hold on free time / me time. These days during show prep I do what I can and accept that for now. The show will be over soon and I can go back to two-fers soon. So today the bike won the draw and it’s actually probably good that I stayed in because my knee felt a little wonky. It didn’t hurt but it just felt wonky today. I believe in signs so I’ll chalk that one up to a sign that bad things would have happened today if I had gone outside to run. Thirty minutes is thirty minutes whether it’s running or weight training or riding the bike. It all goes to reinforce the same thing and that is keeping me healthy and agile. Some days you do what you want and other days you just do what you can because something is better than nothing on any given day.
Have you had challenges getting your workouts in? How do you make it all work?
I am so tired right now from working all weekend on sets. I went from Art Department -froo froo, making it pretty to construction person wielding a screw gun and a drill. Although screwing 3″ nails into 2×4’s isn’t “hard” per se, my body feels like it was at this very moment. Last night I thought I would go for a run this morning but this morning my body informed me it was too tired to run. After some bargaining it agreed that we could do some Tabata but not a full hour which was just fine by me. 49 minutes later and much grumbling through every single exercise, I was done. Can I just tell you how heavy 10lbs feels when you’re tired. VERY! Nonetheless I finished fairly respectably and gave it a good push for what was in my tank. I could have taken a day off and it would have been fine. I could have just ignored the fact that goals don’t happen by themselves but the fact is that goals don’t happen by themselves. They take dedication and consistency even on the days that you don’t feel like doing anything. Today was that day for me. Having pushed myself through a workout makes me feel powerful and gives me that feeling of proven application to back up the words of wisdom when I tell someone that fitness takes sacrifice and dedication. As I have found out in the past, laziness is all too easy to fall back into like the lotophagi who ate the lotus fruits as depicted in Greek Mythology. Laziness used to be my habit until I broke free and took my life back. It’s a temptress that is difficult to break free from if you don’t stay focused. I have bad days where I just can’t get it together to do anything but today isn’t one of them thank goodness! Today is a win for me so we will continue to take it one day at a time making progress, albeit slow progress toward the longest and healthiest life that I can possibly have.
Have you had tough days where you just didn’t think you could motivate yourself? How did you push yourself to get it done?
I’ve heard from many people in my life how hard starting over again is. Whether it be a diet, fitness or life in general, the consensus is that it sucks to be back at the beginning re-purposing and rebuilding. I myself have in fact been back at the beginning on a few occasions and it’s so hard to get back to where you left off and to find motivation to try again. This week I returned from vacation in Va and found that I benefited from the hills there which made my morning run here seem easier. What I didn’t do however while there, was do strength training except one time. That means that in 2 weeks I’ve done only 1 Tabata interval weight session. When you quit for a long period of time you expect regression and go into your rebuild with expected trepidation to what is to come. When it’s only been 2 weeks, not so much. Today I did my first Tabata workout the same way I’ve been doing it for months. I used my 10 lb weights which is where I left off and surprisingly they weren’t as easy to sling around. I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t have regressed a little but I didn’t and it made me realize just how diligent and consistent you must remain to fitness even when on vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I will get back what I lost, I was just surprised by how fast my strength regressed. Now, I am quite tired from a week of not sleeping right and a couple of later nights getting to bed so maybe that had something to do with how heavy that 10 lbs felt. Whether it got lost or I am just struggling today or both, the lesson here is finding the courage and mental fortitude to stay the path to your goals. Don’t let your situation dictate your outcome. Take Rocky Balboa for example. When he went to Russia in Rocky IV, he was out in the wilderness with no fancy equipment to train on and 3 feet of snow on the ground that might have deterred him and sent him home having quit. As those of you know who watched the Rocky series, he didn’t quit. In fact he creatively improvised and was better for it. He lugged tree trunks through the snow, did vertical sit ups in the barn, ran through frigid water, pulled a field plow, sawed trees and other tasks with everyday things to get to where he needed to be. If you don’t have a gym, buy weights and work out at home and turn your cell phone off. Do sit ups on the floor or on a medicine ball. lift a 10 lb bag of potatoes, run around the block, do squats while watching a movie. The point is that where there’s a will, there’s a way ..always! Even if you do a modified and shortened version of a workout while on vacation, make the time and do it or you’ll pay for it when you get home. Fitness helps to keep us healthy and young in heart and body and mind. It relieves stress and keeps us moving as long as we take the time to do it. I for one do not wish to be a feeble old lady who needs help putting her shoes on or eating or getting dressed. I want to live as long as I can with as much strength and movement as I can possibly retain and that won’t come by wishing for it. It comes through hard work and discipline. There are no excuses including vacations for laziness. Everyone can do something even if it’s just a little bit. Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint and it’s one day at a time, one foot in front of the other. Keep going! You can do it, I know you can!