Thursday, September 6, 2012

Exercise wins

I talked about losing weight before my hiatus, but I've attacked the entire process with new vigor ever since returning from the UK. I'm back to counting calories with LoseIt, but exercising presented a different problem.

See, it gets hot here in the summertime. Triple digits in August and September isn't unheard of. And our elliptical machine sits in the garage, which, in the throes of that kind of heat, turns into an oven.

So using the machine to burn calories? Probably not in my best interest right now.

With that in mind, I started up my membership at the gym again. It's a fifteen minute walk from my house so on top of whatever I do there, I can very easily add in a half hour of walking, too. I have plans to try yoga out - they offer a beginner's/gentle yoga course - but first on the schedule is water aerobics. It's actually pretty ideal for me. I have wonky joints, and specifically arthritis in my hip and foot (and how much do I hate that I have osteoarthritis before I'm 45, blech), so being in the water helps take the pressure of them, making it easier to stick it out for the full fifty minutes.

But I won't pretend to like it. Exercising is not my idea of a good time.

On the other hand, neither are health problems.

So...exercise wins.


Carla Krae said...

Can you move the eliptical indoors? A lot of people put the bike or elliptical in front of the TV.

Vivien Dean said...

There isn't an optimal place downstairs, unfortunately, and it's too heavy to get upstairs. We set up a shelf in front of the machine so that we could watch something in the garage, but with the summer heat, it's not doable. Winter's okay, and I imagine I'll be able to pick up on it again, but that's still another three months away before it's tolerable.