I’m awfully unfit. This is partly due to the stubbed toe. Twice I careered into furniture I wasn’t expecting to be in the place they were, which is such a stupid thing to do, but, as the nurse at the Minor Injuries Unit said, is something we all do at any age. The toe has impacted on my walking though – I’m over the hobbling but I’m not doing as many steps as I used to. And then there were the Pilates classes, which kind of stopped a few months back and were going to be started again once I moved. Hmm.
A couple of days ago I read a Sunday magazine supplement on running and I feel quite enthused about the idea of running to get fit. So, instead of relying on the slow stroll I took to buy that newspaper, I went out again and walked briskly round a nearby park, and up an incline (which made me breathless – good) and, then, out of sight, I began to trot. Look, I’m not going to overdo it. I haven’t got the right shoes for a start. And when I got back I did mat exercises for half-an-hour to stretch those tight tendons of mine. And, you know what, I felt fantastic – I’d forgotten that there is such a thing as an endorphin rush after exercise!
Looking back at my old posts, I see that in August of last year I also wrote about exercise and fitness. What is it about August? Anyway, I would like to repeat something I said then, that it’s so easy to slip into i) mild ill-health once you’re over a certain age, and then ii) do nothing much about it.
It’s not just the feeling flabby and listless because I’m not exercising enough. My mild IBS episodes have become more frequent, and I’m quite headachy, and they’re migraine headaches which leave me feeling quite sick. I feel really toxic. But I think much of this is emanating from the exhaustion we’ve both felt after the move. Because, it’s not the move that’s tiring (that’s easy, I’m an ace declutterer and packer). No, it’s the aftermath of the unpacking and the organising that continues for a long, long time after the move date.
In the scheme of things, people, this really is nothing. I’m mildly unfit and feeling a bit under par. But I intend to do something about this. So, with the toe almost better, and after giving myself a good talking-to, here’s what I aim to do to help myself, which will hopefully also help you.
I’m going to push up the number of steps I take every day, and just maybe attempt running. To do this without injury I shall buy a pair of proper shoes. Also, I’ve downloaded the podcast for the programme ‘Couch to 5k’. The link I’ve given you is from the NHS website no less, so it must be good. But be sensible out there (I know you will be) and listen to your body and get yourself checked out before you start if you have any health issues.
I shall join a class – no need to say anymore. It’s Pilates for me. And I know I need to do this. Feeling mildly unwell is the kick-starter for getting on with it.
I shall look after my feet. The arches are getting higher and the flesh is getting thinner down there. They’ve carried me around for 71 years and need a bit of extra care. Actually, putting a foot cream on every morning and night has helped.
I’m going on a long holiday – soon! Lstening to your body and acknowledging that you have to take a break is very important. So, this is not a sightseeing, visiting, driving everywhere holiday. I shall sit down and do nothing for a quite a large part of the holiday. I’ll take books though, plus downloading some onto my kindle app when they’re finished. I’ve always been very active and rushed around a lot. Time to stop. For a bit.
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. This has been a slightly more serious post than usual, thanks for reading to the end! But I’m not a fashionista – this is my reality! However, a fashion blog will posted at the end of the week, as a few days ago I bought a lovely (charity shop) dress, which you’ll have to see 🙂