I have been experiencing a lot of physical pain, lately, especially in my legs, which have been extremely tender. I feel like I’ve been pounded by a steak tenderizer, and it’s no friggin’ fun.
My lower back has been spasming, and my upper back has this seemingly permanent knot of pain right in the middle. The headaches are back with a vengeance, and at times I can’t seem to move without some level of discomfort or outright pain.
Clearly, I’m not having much fun, these days. I’ve been getting up early to go into work for early meetings, which has been pretty hard on me. Early mornings and late nights. And a whole lot of pain.
But I’ve realized that there was something really critical missing in my daily life — regular exercise. And I don’t just mean the usual routine in the mornings. I’ve realized that doing the same amount of exercise with the same weights every day for months and months on end is not getting me where I need to go, anymore. When I started out, it was a real struggle to A) lift the weights, and B) remember which exercises I needed to do, and in what sequence, and C) get it done in the half hour I had before I went to work.
Well, close to two years after I started exercising regularly, I’m starting to get a clue — I need to mix things up, and I need to renew my commitment to my daily exercise. I slacked off for a while, and I did need the rest. But I haven’t been as good about getting up and getting active, first thing.
And I’m feeling the effects. For sure.
Because I know (when I think about it) that when I’m exercising regularly (for real) my pain decreases significantly. I don’t have the level of tenderness that I’ve been having lately. I don’t have the sharp, stabbing flashes that tear through me when I move my arms or legs or back. I don’t have the headaches. I can just get on with my life and not have to constantly negotiate how I’m going to make it through without snapping out at everyone or pushing through to the end of each day.
So, I got up this morning and did the right thing — I exercised. And not just the usual routine. I doubled up on my light calisthenics and weight lifting — doing 20 reps instead of 10. And I was smart about it, too. I’m not going to hit my whole body hard with this change. I’m “chunking out” the increases, doing twice as much of half the usual exercises today, then twice as much of the other half of my exercises tomorrow.
I’m hoping this will work. It has in the past.