I changed my column topic at the last minute…again. I was going to get back to discussing the types of training I’ve been doing and talk about another style, but as some of you who follow me on Twitter may know, I’m sick. I’ve been sick since Sunday. Today is Thursday, and I’m just starting to recover.
No cardio, no weights, no gym. Period. I had to take Tuesday off work. I wasn’t eating properly, and I wasn’t eating period for a couple of days, barely taking in water my throat was so sore. It was horrible!
I got up this morning at 5:30 (usually I’m up at 5) for the first time all week, and while I wasn’t quite 100 percent, I felt I was as close as I was going to be for the next few days and decided to head to the gym.
I jumped on the bike for some warm-up, and after five minutes I was winded and sweating. I continued on the bike, upping my pace every five minutes, for another 15 minutes. My normal cardio consists of eight, 20 second sprint intervals at full-bore, with 10 second rest periods in between. I didn’t dare attempt any HIIT cardio if I couldn’t deal with steady state for any duration.
After the warmup I proceeded to train back and biceps. My normal Thursday workout is Legs, but again, after struggling on the bike with cardio, I didn’t want to do anything to taxing. I also didn’t want to give a half assed (pardon my language) attempt at a workout, which is what I figured would end up happening. I ended up getting in a fairly good workout, not as intense as usually, but good enough. I could feel I had worked hard and was satisfied with my performance.
We all take our health for granted. No question about it. I realize this now especially after being sick and unable to workout. Even when I was able to workout, I found abilities limited and my strength drained and I weakened very quickly.
Next time you skip a workout at the gym, or a walk, a bike ride, or whatever it may be because you’re to tired or lazy, think about the fact that someone somewhere is unable to get out of bed or walk down their stairs and would give anything to run or walk anywhere!
Good health is a blessed gift, and I think it’s one that is taken for granted far too often. I’m just as guilty as anyone. Instead of complaining about how tired we are, or how much this next set is going to “suck”, think about those less fortunate, unable to perform what we consider mundane physical tasks and then be thankful you have the health to do so.
I’m not trying to compare a cold or flu to a debilitating disease or affliction, I’m just trying to say that until this week I really took my health and being able to go to the gym for granted. Now that I have it somewhat restored I can tell you that I plan on taking nothing for granted any more!
I enjoy working out and my health to the fullest, now more than ever!
This article was researched and written by Follow @AllAubin
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