Working Out

I've never really been a guy that 'works out'. Even in the last couple of years where I've been making some effort to maintain my health I haven't really been interested in the kind of intense or focused training that constitutes a workout. I walk a lot, my Apple Watch clocks up about an hour of exercise each working day without my actually putting in any concerted effort thanks to my commute and walking to get lunch. It's been really good for me.

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
— Thomas Jefferson

I've been motivated largely by the way I feel; my commuting situation changed and I realised that I didn't have to feel lethargic and tired every day if I got my body into better condition. I feel better, I'm more energetic (but just as lazy as ever), and I sleep better. I achieved what I felt I needed to achieve, and I have a routine that is probably the healthiest it's been for two decades.

I've also come to realise that I'm not happy just to leave things at this point. I can feel confident that I'm doing my bit to stay reasonably healthy and reduce my chances of some fairly common lifestyle related illnesses but I can still step up a little and do something more to improve myself. I'd like to find out if weight training can relieve some of the pain I suffer due to RSI in the same kind of way it can help some cases of arthritis and age related joint problems.

I think some variety in my activity will also help, and could help alleviate other occasional issues I have such as shoulder or back ache due to posture/sitting at a computer all day. I have to admit that a little vanity is important to success too; I'd certainly enjoy some improvements to my body shape.

I've bought and installed a pull up bar — the type that go in your doorframe, and I'm pondering a set of dumbbells too. My initial goal is to be successful at one actual pull up; this is no small feat for a 96kg (that's about 210 pounds) guy with unremarkable upper body strength and what is effectively a long term injury. I'm pretty confident I can do it though.

It just might take me a little while.