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Unfolding the bones

Unfolding the bones

I’m at the age where missing a day at the gym, never mind a week or two really hurts.  This weekend was a case in point.  I had a paper due (today) and aside from a couple of walks in the cold and some crunches, I was pretty much attached to my laptop.  And yeah, it feels good to have completed the work, by my body is an aching, creaky mess from spending hours at a time curled up on the couch with bad posture.  For breaks, I cooked meals, helped by daughter with homework and talked over the points of my paper with my husband, but I was pretty much engaged with writing for two days.

And the reckoning?  Aside from an extra pound on the scale, I’m faced with that “starting-over” feeling!

Solution?  Sun salutations, lots of stretching, really gentle shadow boxing and a brisk walk!  Abs can come later.  This sort of unfold-the-bones workout can be really helpful whenever you’ve been through a period of shall we say intense cerebral activity, aka, lying in bed watching TV, after a brief illness, or as in my case, when you’ve been on a deadline in a work or other context and have needed to type on a computer for long periods of time.

The point is not to despair — but to work it out.  I always find that a couple of days of modest meals also helps.  Not to the point of hunger, but just enough to feel as if I’ve given my body a real shot at dropping that extra pound before it gets to happy hanging around with all those other extra pounds.


2 Responses to “Unfolding the bones”


  1. November 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    As someone who has often gone cold-turkey with exercise for no good reason and lost my momentum, I’m finding that two-day rule (don’t go more than two days without exercising) I implemented back in April has really worked to keep me on track. I rarely go that long without exercising, but there are times when it happens. Because of my rule, even if I’m really busy, I’ll go for a short walk. The point for me is to keep up the momentum of a regular practice of exercise. If my workout that day isn’t as challenging as usual, so be it. Sometimes a workout is more for my brain than my body.

    Today I’m back on my plan, detoxing from excessive consumption of pumpkin pie. 🙂

    • November 30, 2010 at 7:12 am

      That is a great plan. And you’re right. Even a brief walk or a 15 minute something keeps the body moving. You might still be “creaky,” but at least you’ve down something!

      As for the pie, I’m certain it was worth it! 😉


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