i suppose the theory goes that the more you do an activity the better you get at it…
whether it be reading, writing, mathematical equations, art… or just plain ol walking.
in a normal body (what is the definition of normal anyway), exercise is difficult in the beginning… it takes time to build up endurance and strength… but what about in a compromised body… like mine?
people are always offering me well-intentioned advice…
“you should walk more”
“you should exercise”
“you should….(fill in the blank)”
but here’s the rub… when i walk for exercise, the further the distance, the more my body rebels… the muscles ball all up… literally… the pain begins, and then the muscle fatigue slaps me to the ground… and then it takes a full day, sometimes two, before i’m back to my lovely self
we all know this…
what i wonder is this… if i push myself and do a true walking program, increasing in increments my distance over time, does the fatigue get better? do the muscles last longer before balling up? does recovery time decrease?
i don’t know how that could be… with MS… how can that work?
i agree that i need to walk, i need to exercise… but man, the price is so high… who can afford the 1-2 day recovery time after walking? not i… i am still working… i have financial commitments that i must keep.. and as long as i don’t push my limits and continue the routine i have established, i’m able to keep those commitments
today i walked from my office to subway and back… briskly… by the time i finished the first leg of my journey, my legs began balling up and started hurting… and i had no choice but to walk the second leg of the journey back to the office… either that or sit at subway til they kick me out or someone comes looking for me ha! but then i run the risk of being on the news as a subway sandwich shop stalker… or a silver alert… or a mass-woman hunt… or just a loitering crazy woman who won’t leave… hey at least there’s a potty and food
(round trip was just over a mile)
i made it… but i’m paying for it…