Hello, friends. I have healed up quite a bit from the back pain that I experienced a few weeks ago. Physical therapy and time have really helped.
During this time period, however, I have not eaten well and not exercised much at all (running and cycling). I'm fully out of all good habits, but otherwise doing fine. If I were a 26-year-old, that might not be a bad thing. But I am 45 years old. This is the age when obese men and women get diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the concrete begins to set in to that sedentary lifestyle.
I've read many blogs and people talk of "returning" to their exercise routines from their college days or their younger years. That is cool. I admire that. So many people were pretty active during their teen and early adulthood years. They remember the early morning runs, or football practices, or track meets. They had the discipline of early morning workouts or steady routines. I would guess that those memories give them confidence because they can recall their efforts and rewards from the past.
It's almost amusing to me that I never had those experiences. I never really saw the benefit in all of that sweating and exertion.
Where am I going with this?
I need to get a consistent workout schedule.
When I started this blog (nearly two years ago), my wife worked A LOT of evenings, the kids were younger and homework was minimal. Family dinners were rare. I had lots of time to blog and could leave the kids for frequent nightly workouts. But now, we are all home every night and we are enjoying family dinners together and there is a constant need to assist with homework.
Do I workout right before dinner?
After the kids have gone to bed (sacrificing some time with my wife)?
The dreaded early, early morning workout? (I've never been a fan)
One thing is clear...my "life/health clock" is ticking and I've got to get back to consistent exercise.
What works best for you and your family? I welcome your advice.