Newton’s 1st law of motion states (and I paraphrase): A body in motion stays in motion; a body at rest stays at rest.
So how does this all translate to fitness?
The more I “rest” and take it easy… the easier it is to rest.
The more I “move” and exercise… the easier it is to move.
So for the last 2 weeks – I stayed at rest. I hung out on the couch, in bed, in a car… and for the most part, did not move.
And then today… I went for a walk.
I had been walking with a co-worker for a couple weeks prior to my vacation. I was able to keep up with her. I was able to do a 5km walk in under an hour.
Today, I struggled. Today, I hurt. My body was NOT happy to be in motion – it wanted to be at rest.
But I want to be in motion. I want to be fit and healthy and active and bendy. Especially bendy.
When Mark was in the ICU – the nurses and PAC’s would talk about the work it would take to get him back to pre-ICU fitness. The general consensus that I remember was that for every 1 day in bed, it would take 2 days to get back.
He was in the hospital 159 days – had he come home that day – it would have taken him 318 days – almost a year – minimum JUST to get back to where he was prior to his hospital admittance.
A body at rest.
I don’t think it will take me that long for me to get back to where I was pre-vacation. But I do know that each day I choose to sit and do nothing… It will take me that much longer to get to where I want to be.
It’s a bit of a catch-22… I don’t have the energy to exercise – but if I exercise – I have more energy.
Some days, I’m just really grateful for my co-worker who pushes me to walk. And walk faster. And do it again.
Who, by the way, is looking fan-freaking-TASTIC with all the work she’s doing to get herself in shape.