As a workout fanatic it’s been hard to take it easy and not do what I was used to prior to my surgeries. I’ve avoided upper body work for awhile now. I’ve been feeling good and healing well so I decided to introduce weights back into my routine.
Kettlebells are one of my favorite workouts. I did some carries with a very low weight kettlebell and no extensions or overheads for the first time in months. Even though I’ve been destroying my legs with lower body hiit and barre workouts I added some weighted deadlifts, single leg RDLs and good mornings and felt so good doing this. I love glute work and deadlifts are easily my favorite weight exercise.
I also love that post workout burn you feel after a good workout. It’s not the sore, dead feeling after a tough workout where you feel that lactic acid buildup and possibly did too much. It’s a comfortable burn where you know you did good work and feel strong.
I usually look up YouTube workouts to follow so I can see what different “fitness experts” come up with and try their workouts. It’s also easier to follow something premade as I workout first thing in the morning and sometimes am still waking myself up. But yesterday I did a entire 40 min workout I created on the fly and it felt so good to be able to come up with exercises I could do even though I’m still limited from all my surgeries. I did a short hiit workout followed by some kettlebell work and Pilates exercises. And damn it felt good.
I felt a little like my old self. I haven’t forgot all I know about fitness and training. I can still adjust workouts as I go and modify exercises to what I can handle now. It gave me some confidence.
It was something simple and small, but that’s what this entire journey has been about. The small victories, many of which lead to bigger victories. One workout at a time, just like I approached all of this one battle one day at a time.
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