Today I learned a little more about my body, what certain aches and pains actually mean, and what I am capable of pushing through. It was a good day.
On Sunday I went for a 5.5 mile walk/hike around the lake with my wife, and when I woke up Monday morning i was so sore and stiff I could barely get around. I was apparently so tired when we got home from the lake that I left my keys in the ignition of my car, so my day started out with a dead battery and just sort of limped along from there. As the time approached 10am I began to wonder if maybe should skip my morning walk, but when the bell went off I changed my shoes and headed out the door. The walk helped clear my head a little, but I was stiff as hell. I stood up and stretched as much as possible while I was working, but I was really dragging.
When noon rolled around I once again found myself debating whether or not I should work out. I knew that I needed to get out of the office for a while, so I grabbed my stuff and headed for the gym. Once I got there I decided that I would do as much cardio as I could manage and spend the rest of the time in the whirlpool and sauna. I ended up doing about 25 minutes on the elliptical, burning 500 calories in the process, and I finished up with an executive workout in the hot tub and sauna. The good people at Gold’s finally fixed the heater in the whirlpool and it was hot heaven. I spend 15 minutes listening too a guided meditation in the sauna to finish things up. As I was walking back into my office I realized that although I was still sore and tired, I felt awesome!
The rest of my day was really good. I was more clearheaded and focused than I have been in days, and I am sure that the workout is the reason. I learned that the pain and stiffness I was experiencing is actually made better by moving and sweating a little. finding the balance between exercising and taking care of my body is an ongoing process, but today I learned some good lessons. And I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
Life just keeps getting better and better. The more I show up, pay attention and learn, the better everything feels. Pretty cool.