Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Exercise and real life

For a while now, I've been wondering about whether my daily workout *really* is helping. Yeah, it's burning some calories and raising a sweat, but I wasn't quite sure whether it was genuinely helping my cardio condition. Today seems to demonstrate that it has, to at least some degree.

Today was ladysprite and umbran's moving party to their new house. (Which is, BTW, beautiful -- warm and homey, with lovely woodwork all over.) msmemory and I wound up staying behind and dealing with the kitchen and upstairs office while the rest of the party went over to unload the first truckload, so I got to test myself, and I'm pleased with the results. I managed to bring the bulk of the upstairs load down by myself: probably 40-50 loads down the stairs. More significantly, I was still able to run up the stairs each time. (Indeed, once I was in the rhythm, running the stairs seemed to be easier than walking them.)

On the downside, my upper-body strength is still quite limited: I could handle up to about 40 lbs per load, but that was pretty much the cap. And while my stamina is getting quite good, it has its limits -- I started to slow down noticeably after about four hours, and while I was still productive on the moving-in end, I was moving a lot more slowly.

Still and all, a real improvement. I'm tired now, but it was well-earned, and it's good to know that the 45 minutes each morning is paying some dividends...
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