Easing it Back a Notch

As we all know, there are many MANY ways to exercise.  Running, walking, rowing hiking, yoga, Zumba, just to name a few.  I have no arguments with which you do, as long as you do.  Exercise of some kind is important.  Doing nothing but sitting in front of a computer is NOT good for anyone.

As you might expect, my first choice of exercise is cycling.  I have gone on and on about the benefits and advantages of cycling over other types of exercise (how many people do you know that YOGA their way to work, or Zumba to the store?)  So I won’t take time to list them here again.  At the end of most days at work though, I saddle up the bike and head on home.

Today as I rode home, I thought of yet another advantage!

Before I explain, I’d best back track a bit.  There appears to be a plague going through my office (ok maybes its just a cold or the crud) but today I woke up with it.  Stuffy nose, and coughing.  Now I thought about staying home, but hell, since everyone in the office already has it , why burn a sick day.

So there I was under the weather (luckily a quick walk to Bartells got me decent cold drugs) but today was boxing class… Well I paid $60 for this class, I am not missing it.  So, after popping 2 more orange Gel caps I went to it.  As usual, the man kicked my ass up one side of the room and down the other.

So in addition to being a bit sick, I am now tired and starting to get sore.  And to make matters worse, we did a long of work with the legs today.

I straddled the bike, headed out the door and up the steep hill to Eastlake.  “Yeo”, I thought to myself, “My legs are fried!  Its going to be a long ride home…”

And that’s when it hit me, the advantage of cycling, specially cycle commuting.  It doesn’t have to be fast or strenuous.  It just has to be.  On a night when you are not feeling it, going slower is ok.  Why? because the alternative is driving home, and there’s no exercise in that at all.

So i pointed my nose toward the house and just keep the legs moving.  No land speed records, no climbing out of the seat on hills, just a steady pace.  And it felt good.  I could tell my legs were sore, but I wasn’t abusing them more.

I ended up taking about 10 minutes more than normal, but I made it home no problem at all.  WIth other exercises, especially classes like yoga or spinning, you have a teacher pushing you to do more and excel higher.  They don’t care if you are fried, just DO IT!!

Riding on your own, you set your own pace, and if you have a light and the right close, it just don’t matter what time you get there, as long as you DO get there.

As always, the ride home was a great wrap up of the day.

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