Day 2, physical exercise

I am the sort of person that likes to be busy.

When an object is in motion, it stays in motion until acted upon by an equal or opposite force.

I like having my riding lessons and barn days. I like kayaking on the serene lakes of Oak Mountain State Park. I crave the adrenaline rush of riding my mountain bike through the woods at Oak Mountain. I crave the feeling of water when I am swimming.

Winter dampers outdoor activities with the lack of daylight and the cold it brings.

Yesterday, I committed to starting a cross training physical activity program for myself.

I started with a dusky, dark bike ride through the lamp lit streets of Homewood. I rode my cyclocross bike, because I can hop curves, off-road, and still have good on road performance. I knocked out 4 miles and it soothed my cravings for thrashing bike trails some. When I finished I felt relieved, relaxed and happy.

Today, I had class until 7:30 pm and felt that was too late for a neighborhood bike ride. Instead, I went to the Rec Center and did a simulated hike in an elliptical machine. I did a 30 + minute work out and felt muscles burning I didn’t know existed. I will admit a real hike would have been more fun, but it was nice to watch some TV.

Now, to see if I can keep this up. My Fitbit does its part to remind me to get up and move, but it’s hard for me to motivate myself to the idea of a stationary cario machine. I may try a shorter cardio workout next time and work in some long overdue weight training.

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