My Fitness War With Myself
|From the second half of our Sycamore Rim hike last Sunday. I somehow injured my left hip walking on uneven ground and was nearly played out energy wise by the end. My fitness has faded again.|
Some people who are fitness obsessed wouldn't allow a lapse for any reason other than a major injury, but for me it's all tied up in emotion. I've lapsed for about a year at a time off and on, but I especially lapse in late fall and winter when the days are short. There's less sunlight. I nearly always exercise to a certain degree, say at least once a week, even during a lapse. But that isn't the whole story.
This is the season when I enter emotional hibernation. I spend all spring and summer getting into shape, and then when I hit late fall I get lazy and unmotivated. Only really it's seasonal affective disorder. I feel down and don't want to go out.
Fortunately my weight is approaching what I consider to be my healthy, optimal weight. But that might be because I've changed my diet somewhat due to medical advice and a prescription I take is presumably assisting in the process.
What has fallen off most is cardio. I'm still doing my usual minimal strength training one or two days a week, but that is only a few minutes. But I have neglected running and cycling, even when the air temps were high enough.
I need to give up on outdoor cycling and go ahead and rearrange my garage for the bicycle trainer so I can ride indoors while watching college sports. I don't want to get any more out of shape than I am now. I about dropped by the end of last weekend's twelve mile hike.