Oh, hey there.
Just been working and working out, which explains my extended absence (again).
December was pretty much a loss when it came to exercise. Between being busy and doing some physical therapy to get my upper body loosened up, I didn't spend much time in the gym. I returned to it this week to find it way busier than I'm accustomed to. I don't know that it was New Year's resolution overflow--almost all of the exercisers were students--but regardless of the reason, I had a problem. All of the recumbent bikes and treadmills were occupied.
One of the elliptical machines was free, so I thought I'd give that a shot. I quickly discovered that it required a new skill set. I found it tiring faster than what I'm used to doing, but then again, I'd kind of taken the past month off. Obviously I wasn't going to jump back into exercise with quite the same stamina.
As the minutes ticked by I entered into the usual bargaining that comes when wanting to be good and exercise yet not thinking I can finish the whole hour. If I can get to a specific time short of the target, I'll stop then. Reach that time and set another one. I made it through the hour workout.
I decided that mixing up what I do isn't such a bad idea, so for this week I'd stick to the elliptical machine. That plan was all well and good until I got to the gym today and saw them all the same ones in use. I mistook a cross country skiing machine for the same thing and hopped on it. Again, it didn't take long to find out that it presented a new set of challenges even if it was mostly similar.
The main thing I noticed is that it felt like I was having to do the exercise with slightly bent knees the whole time. Basically it was a very mild crouch but enough of one to make the legs work extra. I thought there was no way I could last long doing this. The posture felt strange, and the exercise was wearying. Ten or fifteen minutes in I hit a rhythm where I felt I had the knack of it while thinking there was no way I could last an hour. If I could get to a half hour, perhaps one of the regular elliptical machines would be free.
Just before I was to finish on the machine and get onto another, the last free one became occupied. All right, I guess I'll have to press on for a bit more. Again, I was more than ready to stop at the first sign of another machine freeing up or when I hit 45 minutes. In the end I completed an hour on the machine I started on.
Although I wish I were already in better shape and had dropped more weight than I did last year, I have to take some satisfaction in the four hours of exercise I've done this week. My conditioning is decent, and my mental stamina must be too if I can push through two workouts that I really didn't feel like I could finish. Perhaps switching up the machines I use will keep me from feeling like working out is less of a chore on those days when I'm not feeling like I want to be in the gym.