Why is it that I have to learn and re-learn all of the most important lessons regarding fitness over and over? This week, I am getting a brutal reminder that you should ALWAYS baby-step back into your fitness routine after a break. Like almost everything else in my life, the re-learning of this lesson reminded me of a movie. If you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, the words baby-step should immediately make you think of the comedy classic What About Bob? If they don’t, I suggest that you call your parents and rebuke them for neglecting you as a child. 🙂
After not working out for about 10 days, I jumped right back into my usual routine on Monday. I have attacked all of my workouts this week like I had not just taken nearly two weeks off. As a result, I have walked around like zombie for the last three days trying to convince myself that my body it feels OK.
I am happy to be able to write that I have, once again, learned my lesson that not baby-stepping my way back into my workouts after taking a break is incredibly stupid. Every time I re-learn this lesson, I feel the need to share how wonderful and smart it is to ease my way back into or to baby-step back into my workouts with whoever will listen (hence, the blog post). I also feel the need to sing the praises of the author of whatever book about running that I have been re-reading that has helped me come to this realization. I become a lot like Bob in the clip below when the host of Good Morning America asks him his impressions about the book “Baby-Steps.”
I’m sure that this won’t be the last time I jump back into my workouts to quickly after a break. I also have to keep reminding myself that I am supposed to be changing my workout routine to include more than just running. If I attack the weights the way I have been attacking my running after a long layoff, I’m fairly certain I will end up injured and not working out at all. I’m going to do my best to live by Dr. Leo Marvin and Bob’s wisdom and remember that…