Friday, January 18, 2008
How to Survive your Workout
Most of my freinds and family know that my calorie burning activity of choice is running. I LOVE to run. I love to run OUTSIDE. I love to run in the morning OUTSIDE.
Unfortunately, the state in which I reside and the asthmatic quality of my lungs makes running outside, especially in the morning, an impossibility between the months of oh about mid Nov through Mid April or so.
This renders one in a touigh situation for those months, assuming that one does not want to watch one's back side swell to gargantuan proportions. When one works exclusively online, the potential for backside swelling increases exponentially.
Several years ago, due to a car accident, my subsequent orders NOT to run for several months and space limitations, we had to swap our beloved treadmill for an eliptical. I loved that treadmill. I MISS that treadmill. Running on a treadmill is nowhere near as saticfying as a good run outside, but it will do for these not so balmy winter months.
The eliptical...well I don't want to bad mouth but I do find it rather boring and unmotivating. Workouts have become a bit tedius and something I don't praticularly look forward to. Many friends and family have suggested using the TV as a means of distraction. Honestly, this does NOT work for me. Perhaps it's because I just don't have time to get interested in any shows with an actual story line or possibly because I despise most reality TV. What ever the reason, TV is not enough to keep me working out as long as I should.
I tend more towards music while working out. I LOVE plugging along to the beat of a good up tempo tune while running. But again, the eliptical is just so darn boring, even the music does not work.
So what's a girl to do?
Well for a while you can get away with making a TON of excuses about kids and jobs and laundry and making dinner and cleaning, etc, etc, etc. But eventually the swelling of one's backside will become noticable enough that the excuses won't hold enough water to ease one's concious anymore and you will simply have to figure something out.
In desperation I surveyed my office, the location of the afore mentioned eliptical, and, with a gleem in my eye, noted the location of a particular shelf. This shelf is just about the correct height to allow one access to a keyboard or laptop while at the same time plugging away on the not so beloved eliptical.
I type at you now while simultaneously, I hope, burning oodles of calories and significantly reducing the size of my backside or at least preventing any further swelling.
I do apologize if the typing is a tad wobbly or if you spy a comma where there should be a period or a period where there should be a comma.
Love to all!
PS The mp3/laptop combo make these workouts FLY by. You really do have to try this!