So I get a lot of exercise here (when I am not too sick to leave the house, that is). So much so that I had to cut it back even before I got sick this last week. The week before, I walked half an hour each way to work each day (no choice, I do that all the time even when I’m sick because there’s no other way), went to swingdancing, went to yoga (not a nice easy class either – v. energetic) and ran three times. I thought I’d get fitter from doing all this exercise all the time, and I suppose I have, but it turns out it often just makes me exhausted as well.
For example, I’m attempting do Couch to 5K, a running program that lets you build up from running one minute at a time to half an hour, by running/walking three times a week for nine weeks. I’ve worked out that I don’t actually have enough energy to walk to work every day *and* run three times a week, even when I’m feeling well. So once I am better again I will try for once or twice a week. I don’t mind doing the program more slowly.
The funny thing is that I actually really don’t like running. So I could just save myself some angst and quit. I’m just not a runner. I’m super slow and it feels awkward and difficult.
However, it’s possible I don’t like running because I’m not very good at it, and I really do want to be fitter. So I’ve persevered (if only because I am bloody-minded). I try to make it a rule that all the other exercise I do is stuff I enjoy. Plus I really enjoy setting goals and achieving them. It’s just like when I hate having to stay home on a weekend and study, but I really enjoy getting good marks for my assignments.
EDIT: Still haven't taken running back up yet as consider I am still resting from being ill. Think I might try again some time next week.