Not to do…
I try – really, my damnedest – to find ways NOT to do cardio. I’m a pro at excuses on the topic, and a pro at fighting with myself (maybe not tooth and nail, but pajamas and gym for sure.)
I tell myself that a caloric deficit is a deficit, who cares how I come by it. But the reality is. . .cardiovascular activity is super important. And scarcely reliant upon my preferences! (Ah, but the world would be such a better place, wouldn’t it!?) I would do well to slow it down a bit, personally – and I have (*gleefully patting myself on the back!*) But. . .I should be doing it.
The benefits are countless, forget that whole bipedalism situation! Still, you are not alone if you struggle to get it done.
I go through waves – some days (and they are more the exception than the rule) I feel great, and ready to sprint like the wind. LETS GOOOoOoo, LEGS!!! But it happens that I’ve been overtraining myself lately (I SO know better!) and there’s a severe DRAG going on… A lot of the time I wake up and think to myself “welllll, I don’t really HAVE to. Right? . . . Right?!”
Then I get really irritated because I know damn well that I need to do something. From there I work on my “I just need to do a little bit” strategy – that can offer a little boost every so often.
As for depression, it can rear its ugly head around now, absolutely – “But you HAVE to do it, and you know when you do, you’re going to push yourself. So really even though you’re saying you’ll do less, it’s going to be horrible!” (~sarcastic tone, laden with frustration~) THANKS, BRAIN!
An enormous sigh belongs at this stage, followed by the unhappy ceremony of struggling into a sports bra, donning my shorts, lacing my sneaks, and grabbing A.) my iPod, and B.) some bubblegum.
Whatever it takes!
Whoever came up with the meme above? They hit it on the head – the cycle I go through is very much in that order but – most of the time – I manage to squeeze the cardio in. I’m not wholly proud of the shorter bouts but right now it is about maintenance and keeping in the habit. That last part – keeping in the habit? That’s THE biggest key of all – a little DOES go a long way!
And then there’s The Oatmeal – Matthew, from Seattle, his two dogs…and the hilarity of his brain! Cardio ISN’T just good for your body, but it’s also incredibly helpful in regulating the rest of you, brain and emotions very much included!
I laughed myself silly over this cartoon – gosh he’s really got it down.
Are my sneakers quite so magical? Mehhh…
But the feeling of having actually run and kicked some ass – even if only a little? Yeah…it’s something like panel two. 😉