Before going in for surgery I wrote my entire exercise regime.
That way, if I forget my routines over the next several weeks and months as I slowly recover from hernia surgery, I’ll have a record so that I can eventually get back to my full routines.
It took 7 pages.
I hadn’t paid attention over the past few years to how complex and comprehensive my training is.
Prior to writing it down, I’d have said I have a simple routine that includes alternating 2 strength workouts, a daily series of floor gymnastics exercises and some cardio.
But it doesn’t tell the whole story. My routines involve a series of exercises connected by movements and performed in a continuous flow. These are part exercise, part dance, part vinyasa yoga and part gymnastics.
Some sequences involve alternating different exercises.
Then there’s swimming, biking, HIIT cardio, yoga and dog walking.
No wonder I’m so happy.
I love intense exercise, fitness, stability and variety. I love being outdoors. It’s a blast to twist and turn my body in ways it was meant to move that were never possible before now.
I am going to miss this while I rehab from surgery and build myself back up.
But it gives me a new perspective. Instead of feeling bad that I haven’t been able to swim for 2 months due to the lockdown, I can celebrate how much I am able to do – lockdown or not.
When people say they lack the discipline to exercise, I cannot relate. I feel pity for them. They are missing out on the great joy of movement that is freely available to us all and that has given me exhilaration, recreation, challenge, persistence, strength and determination.
If you haven’t found this yet, I’d recommend checking out GMB Fitness. This is where I learned to add movement and grace to my lifelong pursuit of fitness.