So for the past few days I’ve been trying to decide what I should do to help myself get back into this fitness thing: make a plan, you know, figure out the best and most efficient way I can move forward with my own disabilities and injuries – at best helping them; at worst, without making them worse -and there comes a point where I need to stop planning and just start doing.
This is hard in the fitness world.
Everyone out there tells you that you need a plan: you can’t just run, or you won’t get better!, you need a training plan and increase your mileage using the 10% rule and rest weeks and interval training and tempo runs; you can’t just lift weights, you have to lift heavy / lift to failure / use freeweights only / do compound lifts / do it consistently or don’t bother doing it because it won’t do anything; you need to know what you’re doing, have a workout plan and stick to it, consistency and crosstraining and and and–
–if I spent as much time actually doing as I did reading and planning and researching and collecting workout suggestions and looking at exercises trying to find the set which will do the most work in the least time, if I took all of that energy and instead just ran two miles, I would be in a lot better place right now.
There are problems with that, though, of course. I know that running will help cardiovascular health, and that it will help to burn general calories, but it doesn’t (necessarily) build (large amounts of) muscle and without also cleaning up my diet it may not make a big change. Also, I know that running aggravates my arthritis (especially in my ankles/toes and my spine) and my asthma (which can actually be triggered by running) — so as easy as “just going for a run” may seem, for my in-between abled-disabled body, it isn’t so easy.
What I would like to have is a set training plan: something working on a schedule, that I know includes a little bit of everything I need, that I can follow (with days off for pain, illness, injury, or general body problems as usual) regularly and see some good results. And I’ve done enough research that I should be able to get there – I should be able to come up with something like that for myself; I should be able to do that planning.
But until I have the time to put into that, I need to stop using not having planned as an excuse to not do.
So I don’t have a set workout plan that includes everything I need. I could still just head out the door and run two miles.