This week I’m trying to shift my exercising in a new direction, something that’s inevitably easier said than done. Habits are easy to maintain but they are not so easily put into place.
Mind you, some things are easy. I have a dog to remind me to go for a walk. And I enjoy doing my morning yoga, although there are days I almost enjoy staying in bed more. So walking and yoga are easy for me to accomplish on a regular basis but the rest I have to motivate myself to do.
Especially strength training. I find it boring. I know what to do. I know about good form and the necessity of building muscle mass to support ongoing weight loss. But I’d rather go for a walk or read a book while I pedal on the bike (which I can’t do because it hurts my knees) or even follow along with a cardio dvd—more walking or belly dancing or whatever.
They say “Find something you enjoy doing and do that.” I have but what I like is not a well-rounded routine and if I expect to see the changes in my body I want to see and to avoid the changes that “inevitably” come with age, I have to commit to doing more strength training. Which means, making use of my free weights, trying to find my POF (point of failure) and ways to build strength in my legs without hurting my already delicate knees. (If only I could lose 10 more pounds, I wouldn’t have to be so cautious all the damn time!)
Besides free weights (5/8/12 lbs), I have resistance bands and resistance cords of various tensions. I even have a door anchor that allows me to do more exercises for the back and chest than I could or would otherwise.
I just need to bite the bullet and do what I do not enjoy doing. *sigh*