Thursday, January 7, 2016
I am 55 years old.
I took "time off" during the holidays from my regular physical fitness routine as I do most years. This year, the difference I felt in my body after the off period was remarkable: stiff, tight, achiness resulting from little or no exertion. I returned to activity with a beginner yoga class on Sunday. It hurt; in a good/positive way. It was exactly what my aging body needed.
The next day, a substitute instructor for my regular step class did a more "athletic conditioning" routine: ballistic moves, intervals, very fast-paced. It hurt; in a good/positive way. It was exactly what my aging body needed.
Tomorrow, I return to my routine step with resistance class. I know that it will hurt; in a good/positive way.
The body is a mechanical vessel for the spirit. It needs routine maintenance. Occasionally, it needs a challenge.
Hurt isn't always a bad thing.