The Readers’ Workouts meme is hosted at Joy’s Book Blog. This is a place to share exercise successes and challenges.
About two weeks ago I strained my back and almost literally could not move. Thankfully it was on a Sunday so I was able to lay down and take it easy; the next day it was still stiff but much better. The old me would have used it as an excuse to stay away from workouts until the pain went away completely (it still hasn’t). The new me went to the gym and exercised to the best of my ability, letting the class instructors and my trainer know I wasn’t at 100% but still ready to participate and burn some calories. Was it comfortable? Not entirely, but it was certainly more beneficial than sitting around.
And last week my job stress just about reached crisis levels. The old me would have rushed home and crawled into bed (probably with a book) in an attempt to shut out the world. The new me went to the gym and vented out a lot of frustration during my training session and kickboxing class (the poor guy who stood in front of me — I pretended his back was “someone’s” head as I punched and kicked). And afterwards I felt great – well, not great exactly, but it certainly cleared my head.
I won’t deny that I miss the reading I sacrifice by making time to go to the gym, but I cannot argue the fact that it is completely worth it. The old me, though enjoying the books, would be suffering both physically and emotionally. The new me is feeling better about myself and appreciating the reading time I am able to carve out during the day.