Nov. 3rd, 2011

bike time

Nov. 3rd, 2011 11:10 pm
mizzmarvel: (garth claps - cinnamongraphic)
I've actually been using my exercise bike every day this week, going at least 5 miles, sometimes a little over. This probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but considering my general exercise routine has involved walking to the mailbox once a week, this is hugely exciting for me.

And you know? I already feel a lot better, generally. There's a self-esteem aspect, seeing my endurance improve a little each day. But I also just feel upbeat and happier afterwards. Go go endorphins! Let's just see if I can keep up the routine.

See, this is part of the problem I had with P.E. as a kid -- the exercise I like to do (biking and walks), I very, very much enjoy. The competitive sports I was forced to participate in were humiliating and something I dreaded each day. I'm simply not a very good runner, even when I was running laps every weekday and taking walks after school and in the best shape of my life. I spent a lot more time figuring out how to avoid running back and forth than enjoying being outdoors and physical activity. If I had been allowed to speed-walk the track for the full hour, I would have had a lot more positive attitude about the whole thing.

(In 0 Period P.E., which a lot of honors students took to free up a class during the main school day, we were originally allowed to just walk around, which I did happily for a few weeks. Then it was discovered that some of the more zealous students were ducking out of the walks to crouch behind the dumpsters and study flashcards for other classes, so we were made to play basketball or volleyball instead. This is so sitcom-esque comically nerdy that I wouldn't believe it was true if I hadn't witnessed some of these kids with my own eyes.)

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