I have been thinking about my next fitness challenge a lot. It occurred to me that I could start planning the next phase of the journey by establishing my starting point, so I decided to do myself “a physical lifestyle review”.
A Physical Lifestyle Review
I’m 42, female, 5ft 1in, BMI 26-27 (?). I work at a computer all day long rubbing together my two brain cells, either at home or in my office at the university. If I go to my office at the university, I walk the 1 km (0.62 mile) distance from my apartment to the local metro station and the same distance from the metro station to the university (So at best, I walk 4 km / day).
When I get home after work, I spend most of my time reading, doing stuff at my laptop (surfing, writing etc) and watching television. Throw in occasional household chores, grocery shopping, cooking, Feldenkrais lessons and the 3x/week exercise program for my knee.
On the plus side, I don’t smoke or drink or do drugs. I’m eating ok, but I consume too much calories for my lifestyle.
Health wise I’m doing ok, except that I’m prone to tension headaches, other pains and aches in my body and I have a patella femoral pain syndrome in my left knee (getting better). Also, my energy levels are pretty low and I have a low tolerance for stress. I’m not strong and vibrant like I would like to be.
Planning the Next Phase
I hate to admit it, but I’m a passive, sedentary, middle-aged desk jockey. Before my knee problems I at least had some kind of cardiovascular fitness, but I doubt I’m doing that well at the moment. I have no muscle strength and no mental hardiness.
I planned to start doing an online fitness program I purchased last spring (TT aka Turbulence training) and to make it the focus of the next 3 months. There is a big but though: I doubt I’ll be able to go full blast with the program from the start because of my knee problems. It’s much more likely that I get injured or burn out.
So I came up with a Plan B, which is to put physical activity back to my moment to moment / day to day life. For the next three months, I intend to focus on becoming physically active in everyday life. I will start doing TT too, but I will take it easy and really listen to my body.
I have been putting together a list of all the ways I can get more physically active in everyday life. That will be the topic of my next post.
P.S. Have you ever given up on any fitness program because it’s too demanding?