Start of the Exercise Junkie
The weekend is over and its back to the ole’ grind tomorrow. Work, work, work. It’s definitely our busy time of year, well we are always busy but in the spring, it’s more so. I don’t mind though because it makes the day go by faster and I’m certainly never bored. But no matter how much I love my job, it doesn’t come without it’s stresses. Deadlines and complications always crop up.
In an attempt to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, since everyone knows exercise relieves stress, I am going to start working towards my exercise junkie status (see earlier post.) Although I exercise now, I am certainly not in the junkie category, much to my disappointment and my Giant’s.
My Giant being the road bike that I got as a Mother’s day present several years ago. No matter how I try, I haven’t been able to ride as much as I would like to. And unfortunately, I am not of the same caliber as some of the people that I know, but I do hope to get there one day. They can ride 30 or 40 miles at a time like it’s nothing. I have only gotten up to the 15 to 20 miles at a time mark.
And now I am starting back at square one. It takes time, effort and patience to build up that kind of endurance. Cycling, although low impact, uses muscles that you didn’t even know existed until you’ve ridden for a while. And no amount of padding in your shorts when you first start riding makes that itty bitty seat any more comfortable. So a word to the wise, when you are buying bike shorts, don’t skimp and certainly by the ones that are for your gender; the padding is placed in different locations for a reason.
So onto the title of this blog, Start of the Exercise Junkie. I am not making this a New Year’s resolution because I think resolutions can sometimes put too much pressure on a person to accomplish certain things and then if they don’t, they can end up feeling incredibly bad about it. Instead, I am simply going to say that I am working my way towards being an exercise junkie. Which is a task in itself since the things that I really like to do, other than cycling are not an option for me at the moment.
Thus, I will start walking (regularly on my breaks and at lunch at work) and then riding each day. For this first week, I aim to ride at least 5 miles (that’s a sissy ride to some) and up to 10 miles if I can. My goal is to ride every day with the exception of Friday and maybe a second day if I can get up to at least 10 miles per ride.
Working my way up slowly, I eventually want to be that person, the exercise junkie, that can ride 30, 40, 50 miles a day and not think twice about it. So wish me luck and I will let you know how it goes……