Back at it
This year’s workout detour came a little later than normal–the beginning of March–but it’s had more false starts, too. I pulled a hamstring, rested a while, pulled it again, rested a while, pulled a calf muscle, then rested a while, then started up, then got sick. So yesterday, I started in again with a P90X resistance workout–pushups and pullups.
My body looks better than ever, even to non-blind people, but I still struggle with the pushups. This time, as I got deep into the workout, rather than do half-assed push-ups the manly way, I went to my knees and did “girl push-ups.” Or, better put, I did the right exercise. I got more benefit from the supposed cheater push-ups done well than I did from the real push-ups done poorly. The burn I felt after in my arms and chest was like an old friend.
Then this morning, I did Pure Cardio, part of the Insanity series. Most of Insanity consists of a program where you bust your butt as hard as you can for three minutes, then you get a break. Pure Cardio is 14 minutes of straight exercises. I used to be able to make it through about 13 minutes before taking a break. Today I made it through about seven. And I barely made it through the last exercise. (The people on the DVD are wasted at the end, too, but they do the thing all the way through.)
- It is good to work out.
- When you start back lay off, you can’t expect the same level of accomplishment as you had before.
- Working out is a pain, but how you feel after makes the entire thing worth the effort.
- Because I’m no longer young, I need to stretch once a week for my workout.
All of these things have, of course, writing equivalents.
- It is good to write. Duh.
- When you start back after a lay off, you can’t expect the same level of accomplishment as you had before. In fact, you may trudge through and produce something you can use to grow a garden. The product isn’t the key when you first start back. The process is. Anything good you produce is a bonus. And if you have to do the writing equivalent of a knee push-up, whatever that is for you, do it.
- Writing can be a pain, but how you feel after make the entire thing worth the effort.
- Regardless of your age, you need to stretch. Write something different–a poem or even a haiku. Write a blog post or a letter to a friend. And if you’re breaking from writing, read.
Even the most prolific writers have periods when they don’t “work out.” It’s a lot harder to get back into things if you go back with realistic expectations.