When chronic illness becomes a new kind of normal, it also becomes a cruel existence, one in which pain is a constant torture and exhaustion is as frequent as breathing.
I realized, "Why the hell am I trying to do squats with a piece of driftwood on my back when I can't even go grocery shopping?"
I may be physically weak but I'm getting stronger and as much as I miss lifting heavy weight, there is something inspiring about starting from scratch and working my way back up.
"The output of energy, nervous and muscular, is enormous." - John Steinbeck, Travels With Charlie I've never been one for New Year's resolutions. Whether you want to make more money, spend less money, or conspire to take down an evil demagogue that somehow managed to swindle enough voters and is now going to govern the... Continue Reading →
"Excuse me?" a soft voice says coming from behind me. I slowly turn to face a woman wearing matching workout attire and a disgusted look on her face. "It seems the gentleman in the motorized wheelchair, um, well, it looks like he's . . . he's tracking feces all over the gym," the well-mannered woman... Continue Reading →
I can still feel the cold metal between my hands. I can smell the sweaty clothes in my gym bag and see particles of lifting chalk sprinkling through the air. The taste of artificially flavored pre-workout supplement lingers in my mouth. Out of the corner of my eye I spot a lovely female figure gliding... Continue Reading →
Much of exercise is very uncertain, but there is comfort to be found in the unknown. We do our best to keep tabs on everything from calories to cadence on our favorite cardio device. I will be the first to admit, having a measure of your progress made during exercise is invaluable. If you were... Continue Reading →
Ah yes, the yearly routine of making self-improvement promises. It could be to cook more meals at home instead of darting to the fast-food joint every night or maybe to drive less--save the environment and walk or bike for transportation. Perhaps, you are aiming at a grander scale. Maybe you want a new job for... Continue Reading →