Do What You Can

I’m doing some deadlifts at home today. Not only do I like working out in a quiet space, but this morning I felt like my working out at the gym was keeping other people from doing what they need to do.

I have everything I need here to get in quality workouts and in fact had to get rid of some equipment when I sold my home.

I am trying to do more workouts at the gym because I need to learn to live with and close out distractions, and because people think because I don’t workout there I don’t workout at all. This used to be true about cardio, but has never been true about lifting. πŸ˜‰I love to lift. To conquer my own weakness and find the next point. I will do what I have to to lift, anything from getting up two hours early to lift in a quiet gym or at home, to lifting in a busy loud environment.

But I am flexible. I enjoy people and activity. I just don’t want to make a mistake and hurt myself.

So today I did what I could I the time allotted and now am finishing up at leisure. πŸ˜€

Today’s deadlifts will be light. Several short sets. I’ve been increasing my running time gradually and I find I am having a small issue with residing discomfort in my legs and hips. Nothing I can’t live with and nothing that a couple of days rest doesn’t eliminate, but I want to respect my body in a way I never really have before. Always before I have worked with out workouts and without regard for the need for rest. I took my body for granted and I can’t even claim the I didn’t know better. In fact I secretly set out to prove to myself that the norms did not apply to me. The need for rest, the training over 40, the long term life changes over short term results.

I know better and now I will act accordingly.

In the meantime as regards the title, there is a quote attributed to Theodore Roosevelt among other, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” We all have preferences, health needs, scheduling considerations and lives to live. Exercise should enhance this, not detract from it. If hiking is your thing, hike and design any other exercise to enhance that. Dancing, golfing, baseball, football, yoga, whatever flips your coin. Do it with the kids or without. Do it with friends or alone. Blast music or work in silence. Make it awesomely and totally yours. Try new things or work on improving the old. Love it all, and yourself as well.

You only have one life. Enjoy today and do tomorrow tomorrow…

Published by Grace Frankforter

I am an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, sculptor/artist, and mother. I am passionate about helping other people to have happier healthier lives, through personal training, support and motivation. I am dedicated to the premise that it is never too late to make improvements, and committed to helping you make that happen..

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