Exploring Your Depths — Make Do.
Cathy’s blog today is about making the most of your situation, no matter what it is. She reminds us that “perfect” is usually a fictional and, therefore, unattainable goal. Making do with what you haven’t isn’t about suffering or half-assing things; it’s about making the most out of what you have.
Just this morning, I read an article in O magazine about how to workout regularly even when you hate exercise (the web article has a different, and less compelling, title though). The key is to set your sights low, to set manageable goals. I haven’t been able to get back into a regular workout routine since I hurt my knees awhile back. I know that I can’t work out for longer than 20 minutes a day (even walking around the mall or Target for an hour starts to hurt my feet, knees, and/or hips and I often get headaches). If I work out particularly hard one day, it can take days to recover instead of my old customary one-day recovery period. Finding that balance of working out and not over doing it has been difficult, since it’s not the same ratio that it was just three years ago. Lately, I’ve been disappointed because I can’t seem to commit to working out regularly. However, I have managed to do a number of mini-workouts throughout the day (yoga stretches and a strength move or two when I wake up, a 3-minute workout after dinner while watching TV, more yoga/pilates moves to stretch/relieve the day’s tensions before bed). Granted, the pounds haven’t been melting off, so I still feel like a lazy loser, even though I feel better physically (less joint and back pain). Why is it so hard for me to do all of these things in a 20-minute interval though? What is my problem?!
When I read the magazine article this morning, I found it interesting that the writer started with 10 minutes of working out and that there are actually benefits to that because I always feel like a slacker even if I reach my 20-minute goal, which seems like a pretty pathetic goal anyhow. Then, I read Cathy’s post, which reenforced the idea that even if my mini-workouts are all that I can manage right now, that’s fine. I’m making do, and that’s good enough. If I’m able to eventually amp up my workouts and stick with a regular workout routine without getting frustrated by a combo of injuries, laziness, and lack of sleep, then good. The mini-workouts are fine too though because I am able to keep up with them daily and the health benefits are fully evident even if the waistline benefits aren’t there. So maybe the combo of the magazine article and Cathy’s post is the universe’s way of telling me that making do isn’t such a bad thing afterall.