Reflections on Life Thus Far

My life. My story: Exploring mental health, spirituality, meditation & random thoughts I have

Being Out of Shape


Okay, I have a confession to make. I am a ‘couch potato’ preferring to sit in front of my computer screen to going outside

If Only I Went Outside More…

doing something. So when my career decision making workshop started 2 weeks ago I had to go out in public. Anyway, I noticed the walking I did when I was out and about fatigued me. When home I felt stiff and thought I might need to stretch more. Well I think the stretching may have been okay at first but yesterday when I tried working out my muscle aches it didn’t help. In fact I ended up in pain. Maybe I made my condition worse whilst trying to make it better! Today I am in pain and couldn’t sleep well last night. The pain kept me awake. When I got up I felt pretty crappy. After having 2 Advil there’s temporary relief but I feel ashamed of myself. This muscle strain would not have occurred if I got outside more often and didn’t let myself vegetate before my laptop. The worst part is I am not overweight but have a tendency to injure myself and am somewhat accident prone. Thus, the strain happening whilst out walking and me being in pain presently.

So the lesson learned here is I need to be getting outdoors more so I don’t end up being one of those ‘fat skinny’ people. I may be slim but I still require exercise to keep up my bone strength and muscle tone. Having spent 15 years with an eating disorder I can’t afford to neglect my bones by sitting on my behind all day everyday. The problem for me is feeling motivation to go out. If I don’t have a reason to go out I usually don’t feel like going out. Now I have this strained muscle in my thigh and walking is painful if I’m doing more than 5 minutes or so. What sort of exercise can I do to prevent myself from vegetating? Yoga? There are easy yoga positions that might be okay. Perhaps I can try that. Although it ruins my attempt to go out more. Winter time is lousy enough as it is without having a muscle strain thrown into the mix. Such a bummer.

©Reflectionsonlifethusfar, 2012.


Author: Natalya

Blogging my thoughts and feelings about mostly mental health, meditation and spirituality(non religious). Hoping to connect with other interesting people in the blogosphere. *The name is Russian and is my pseudonym.

14 thoughts on “Being Out of Shape

  1. I have been telling myself to go out and get more fresh air and exercise for a long time now. I am not helping myself and the osteopenia by sitting vegetating as you say. Just need to find the motivation now to do what I know I need to do! good luck with it xx

  2. sometimes i will go up and down my stairs for exercise when i just can’t get myself to go out. I also have a ski machine I work out on every other day and then do a few yoga stretches after. 🙂 none of those would be a good idea with a strain though. swimming or biking might help?

  3. You know, a ski machine might not be a bad thing. When I was in my 20’s and living a stretch of unemployment, I got one and man, it did cardio on me and lead me to build up a lot of muscle, so much so that I was able to do RCAF conditioning exercises that gave me the fitness of a 17 year old. Lost weight, firmed up. If that is too much for you (yes, you can build up to it, its gradual and hypnotic as you swish back and forth) swimming is low impact and very fitness oriented as you do non load bearing resistance exercises at over 400 calories per hour. Simply the best – – –

    • Thanks Miriam. I’m sort of afraid of the water ever since nearly drowning at a classmate’s birthday pool party when I was 8. So I don’t know how to swim. There was supposed to be someone holding me up or something, can’t recall precisely, but they let go and I sank. I didn’t seem to have any natural instinct to come up for air either. Consequently I never learned how to swim.

  4. I use a little stepper machine that I got at WalMart for under 50 bucks. I put a stretchy band with handles through it, so I can get quite a nice little full-body workout in just a few minutes.

    I also keep a balance ball in the kitchen instead of a chair, and I like to bounce away on that for a bit now and then, or stretch my back out across it. It’s great for low-impact ab work as well. Easy and inexpensive! 🙂

  5. Yoga’s great- really helps me as I tend to get stiff muscles easily. Feel more relaxed afterwards and more comfortable in my own body.

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