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Went to the gym yesterday morning. I started just over a month ago, and although my attendance was patchy (missed three weeks due to travel and illness) I felt it had done me enough good to go on to the next stage.

So they put me onto the basic weight machines, exercising the pectorals etc with repetitive lifts of (don't laugh) 15 kg. And this morning my arms are very stiff and sore indeed. (Plus yesterday I was really wiped out by the middle of the day, never mind the end of the afternoon.)

I feel virtuous and self-righteous - I come from a religious tradition which is familiar with the concept of penance, after all. I confess I don't feel, and haven't been feeling, any particular physical glow as a result of my exercise regime.

And I do wish I could find somewhere that did a decent cooked breakfast between the gym and work. The various Irish pubs all seem to open only at lunchtime, and all the other cafes just do your standard two croissant, coffee and juice. I am now even considering the various hotels that lie on that route. But that is getting a little desperate (and expensive).



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Jun. 7th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
The various Irish pubs all seem to open only at lunchtime,

You've obviously been away so long you've forgotten that lunchtime would be an early enough breakfast for many an Irish lad.
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
That's a pity - the only reason I run is for the endorphins, and if they didn't kick in, I can't imagine I'd do it regularly... But of course I'm thinking of cardio-vascular exercise, and not strength stuff, so I have no idea whether the happy-stuff works in the same way. There was something I seem to remember reading (the Guardian, maybe?) by someone who found that, the rate of endorphin release varying from person to person, his kicked in comparatively late, which removed his motivation, until he discovered that he could hurry them up by eating dark chocolate before a workout.
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:54 am (UTC)
Hmm, there's a reasonable tip!
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
It takes a while for the glow to kick in... I find that regular -- ie daily, or 5 days a week at least -- short exercise sessions (even as little as 15 minutes a day) make a big difference to how able I am for longer sessions, and to how much I get from those sessions.
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
I get that running for the train!
Jun. 7th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
Blimmin Europeans! Maybe I'll go to Brussels and set up a greasy spoon...
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
hi N

I found a really good friend who you might genuinely appreciate, her name is Janet Coull. If she gets in contact, it will be because i sent her in your direction.

with doing things with weights, its always best to warm-up first to aviod stiffness. i enjoy swimming regularly, that really is a bit of a lift.
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
You'll find that it becomes easier if you stick at it. I've been going to the gym fairly regularly since November. It's been mainly cardiovascular stuff, with a wee bit of weights. I sprained my ankle about two months ago, but that healed nicely.

I do worry about my right knee, 'cause that got a bit injured the time I was hit by a Lada in St. Petersburg, but apart from that it's been great.

Stick at it, you won't regret it.
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
If it's merely 'haven't used those muscles like that in ages' soreness, then don't worry, it'll get easier with time and it suggests you've got just the right weight. If it actually hurts, take the weight down a notch and build up to 15. And don't worry, I'm not going to laugh because I'm useless at chest lifts.
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks - then maybe I can take up fencing...
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Keep up the fitness!

I'm actually elated to see how much more energy I've found with my near-daily cycling...let alone my admittedly recently-insufficient gym workouts per week.

I will reiterate what someone was saying earlier about the chocolate. I've found a remarkable synergistic effect by eating something before my cycle ride, or gym workout. I tend towards carbohydrates, but I suppose chocolate is good. I'd suggest fresh fruit, the sucrose would be relatively healthy.
Jun. 8th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
If you can just stick it out 3 weeks, you should be good. The soreness will wear off and the exercise routine will become habit.

I'm trying to get back into shape myself. work gets the better of me sometimes, then I go all out and feel like I have to be back in my prime next week
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