Resuming Workouts

My workout routine, prior to having my gallbladder removed, was a six-day-per-week affair.  On Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays, I did one hour of cardio on the elliptical machine.  On Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays, I did 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine followed by an ActivTrax Nautilus circuit covering some region of the body.  My next ActivTrax workout will be #100, which seems monumental considering that I had never set foot in a gym before last September.

Empty Gym

My first day back at the gym was considerably less traumatic than I was imagining it to be.  I was also very happy to be working out beside a friend, Kell, who has been in frequent contact with me via Facebook for gym support and advice.  He posts each day how many donuts worth of calories he has burned to Facebook, which he says helps him put into perspective the calories consumed versus burned.  “Now anytime I think I might want a donut all I do is remember how 30 minutes on that machine feels and it’s not worth that 1 minute treat of eating a donut.”  Stay strong, Kell!

While I would have normally done cardio plus an ActivTrax workout today, I decided just to do the half hour of cardio and call it a day.  Rather than overexerting myself, I erred on the side of caution.  As of now, a few hours after the workout, I feel wonderful.  It was clear from the sensation in my lungs that I was out of practice.  I wouldn’t call it burning, but it was a similar feeling.  I expected my legs to quickly tire, but they didn’t.   What did show my laxity was my heart rate.  It was a good 5-10 beats per minute higher than normal.  I’m sure it will come back down to expected levels as I get used to my routine again.

It felt good to sweat.  It felt good to exert energy.  It felt good to be back in the gym.  While I expected to be writing this post in misery, it’s exactly the opposite.  Going to the gym makes me feel so much better afterward.  I’m sure I’ll be a bit sore tomorrow, but I’ll manage… and I’ll work through it.

I’m so glad to be back at the gym.

 

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3 thoughts on “Resuming Workouts

  1. braydin72 says:

    Equating a workout to an item of food actually started with sugary cola. After spending 30 minutes on a treadmill one day and seeing only 128 calories burned, I decided to switch to diet drinks. Coke is 130 calories per serving and walking for 30 minutes burned that much. I drank 4 or 5 sodas a day, yet never walked more than from my desk to my car. I sure didn’t want to spend 2 and a half hours walking off cokes. The donut analogy came about when just before I started my diet I went to DD. I looked over the nutrition menu, being curious since I was starting a diet soon, and 350 – 450 calories was the average calories for a single, tiny, little, donut.

  2. Jay says:

    Great post. But I would have to say dropping soda all together has helped me. I think anything diet is worse for you because of the artificial sweeteners. I am experimenting with my cardio and diet 😀

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