It's true. Three times a week I have been making it to the gym. And I kind of enjoy it. I keep up with the gym so I can practice the running on the treadmill. I haven't been cleared for running on the ground yet. On gym days I treadmill for 2 km, 5 minutes of that is the running 30 sec, walking 30 sec for 5 minutes that I started 3 weeks ago!!
Three times a week, I walk between 5 and 6 km outside. And I really enjoy it. So let's see, that is 6 times a week I am getting out there and exercising. Getting my cardio on! Getting my strength on!
Yes, this is a walking at the park selfie....I did 6 km this day!
At this point you are in your right mind to assume my body has been snatched and replaced by some alien life form. You would be wrong though. The mere fact I can do these things actually brings a tear to my eyes. Seriously. If someone, anyone, told me a year ago today that I would be able to run on a treadmill next year, I'd laugh in their face and tell them to fuck off. (While waving my cane at them!) This hip replacement really has been a new lease on life. I feel better, I move better, I am doing everything I can to keep it that way. I even get anxious when plans come up that might interrupt my walks, or my gym time....
In the last few months I have probably have spent more money on runners and work out gear than anything else (besides groceries...I still love food!)
My Sunday morning routine has become my morning at the gym. It is quiet at this time. I can usually get everything I need to get done then I have the day left to do whatever.
This is my Sunday morning now!
What has changed? Why this 180? Because I can. It really is that simple, I can do it. Of course, I still need a little help....
What helps? There's a list of what helps:
1) Support. Hubby and the Boy are great at making sure I have a car to make it to the gym and to my athletic therapy appointments. They encourage me when I'm frustrated, push me when I need it, and remind to slow down so I don't do too much. I have some fabulous friends who encourage me and congratulate me on my little victories. Speaking of little victories, I can officially tie my own runners! Sounds small, but it's been years....really.
2) Athletic therapy. Not just the therapy, but the support and encouragement of my athletic therapist. He seems to know when I'm ready for more weight on the leg press, or to attempt running. (Or when I should take it easy..) He supervises me, makes sure I do thing properly, and provides the nastiest deep tissue massage. Ever. (Yes, it hurts like a son of a bitch, but you know what? It works.)
3) Proper foot wear. I have spent a lot of money on shoes lately. First I bought new cross trainers after surgery. Just last week I bought actual runners. Meant for running. They are gloriously comfy. Next pay day, I will buy another pair.
4) Proper clothing. This may sound odd to some and a no brainer to others but having workout clothes that you feel comfortable in is important. Not everyone wears the same thing. I prefer compression capris and layered tank tops...but that is just me. Rock what is best for you.
Also, Sunday mornings, getting dressed in my work out gear when I get up helps get me out the door. I'm already dressed for the work out, may as well go do it!
5) Tunes. You got to have the right tunes for you, with ear buds or headphones that you like. Seriously. Once I found the right earbuds, it changed how I listen to my tunes. I can't use the apple earbuds, they are too uncomfortable. I like the Boes earbuds. They cost a little more, but I love them.
6) a Mantra. Find one. Stick with it. Find a bunch of mantras. Stick with them. This one is my favourite