As a little girl running was easy. I had no problems as I’d run from place to place on the playground. I LOVED to move. Then in fifth grade it all stopped. I had my appendix removed. Recovery was long. A member of my school’s track team I was unable to walk more than 400 meters, let alone run. When the doctor gave the OK, I was ready for my first race. The long one. Around the track 4 times. I made it around one and then stopped. Everything hurt. I limped my way around the second. By this time I wanted to quit. I was in obvious last place and I was holding up the meet. My coach and my team mates began to walk with me. Every step reminding me I could do it. It was SWEET relief when I finally finished the 4th lap. Everyone applauded. I quit the team the next day.
Exercise and I have this love-hate relationship. I love to hate it. It’s not always been this way. When the husband and I first married we went to the gym every day. I loved lifting weights and just being with him. What I didn’t love much was enduring the 20 minutes of cardio he required. After spending a majority of my life NOT moving, my system didn’t want to move.
Babies came. Weight gained. Weight lost. I fought against having to move. To get that heart rate up into optimal range. The husband engaged a personal trainer for me. She too had a hard time getting me to move. Eventually, they just gave up on me.
Maximized Living utilizes a surge training exercise program. Surge training elevates your heart rate to its maximum. It’s a series of sustained elevation balanced with a series of rest. When done properly it equates to 12 minutes of exercise – a week! Easy, right?
Well, to be honest, I STILL find this difficult. It’s just not a priority. And after 3 babies, I dislike the side effect of moving my body too fast. See, I’m FULL of excuses as to why I cannot exercise.
But I don’t want to die young. I HAVE to get myself moving. So, I’m going to make an effort. 3 days a week. Exercise. Move. Try to walk around the block 5 minutes every day. Increase time. Maybe start a jog. And MAYBE, one day, I’ll get my body able to run again.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
This post is part of the 5 Days of Maximized Living series.