For the last week, or so, I’ve been going on my morning walks again. As is the case whenever consistent health issues take me down for a while, I had to ramp up my progression slowly, and I’m back to actually working out again. I’ve preferred body-weight exercise for years, but the MOST crucial element to that is a pull-up bar… and I don’t have one.
Today, though, I changed that.
I’ve actually had this plan for a long time, but it was usually hampered by a lack of motivation (10% of the reason) and potential embarrassment (90% of the reason). There is a school, with an adjoining park, a little over a mile from my house, and within that adjoining park is one of those “fitness walk” setups; you know, the kind that has benches and bars spread out into different areas, with instructions for exercise, all of which you never really see anyone actually using for exercise. Yep, those. In my case, it’s dynamically titled the Vita Course 2000! (exclamation point, mine)
So, this morning I bundled up (because it’s cold and windy), and then it took me all of 15 minutes to walk to the park. Well, okay.. it was LATE morning, but I’m slowly working on inching my wake-up time back to 6-7am (in prep for my teaching days). It’s satisfying, having reached this age and point where I honestly don’t care about the perception of others, because once I got to the park, I was actually able to workout without any concern. I had my headphones on, Pandora set to my “Two Steps From Hell” station (dramatic, orchestral, movie-trailer type stuff), and it was a great first workout. Pull-ups, push-ups, etc.. I didn’t follow the Vita Course 2000 (!) plan, but it was great to go out there and be able to do everything I wanted to do. I felt like Rocky, with my old clothes and beanie ;). Plus, by having to walk there and back, I have an automatic warm-up/cool-down period in place, which I’ve often defaulted on because I workout at home, and it’s easier to just start right away or plop down and rest.
I’m looking forward to keeping this up, and I’m enlisting a friend to keep me to it. You’re welcome to do the same, though :). I don’t care too much about how I look, but if I can get this body into a much healthier state by the end of this semester, God willing, I’ll be very happy. Well, I’ll probably be happy, anyway, because that’s just me.. but I’ll be MORE happy :).
So, anyone else taking on a personal health/fitness/other challenge this year?