Those of you who are far more organized than I am can just stop reading right now. You’re the ones who are always prepared for whatever weather or exercise you’re going to do. You always wear the right clothing and shoes, and your equipment is always at hand and well maintained.
So, please go visit another part of the web for a few minutes. OK?
Are the rest of us alone now?
As I attempted to hike yesterday morning in my backless sneaker-type shoes, my feet slipped and slid, I felt all the stones underfoot, and I was wobbly. Then it dawned on me: hiking is easier when I’m wearing, well, HIKING BOOTS! There’s a reason for that. They have thick soles with lots of deep edges for traction. They don’t bend easily, so there’s not as much wobble. And, they support my foot and ankle.
Why didn’t I wear them? I just didn’t stop to think as I ran out of the house. The result: the hike was shorter than it could have been.
Lesson: the right footwear makes a difference. Shoes that give you blisters, or that don’t support your feet as you pound the pavement [or trail!] lead to discomfort or injury. And, you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, and you don’t do it as long.
For me, my hiking shoes are right THERE – I can see them as I write this! They’re not shoved in some dark corner!
Next, equipment maintenance. I love my balance ball, and use it for EVERYTHING. Well, to tell the truth, I WOULD use it for everything if it were pumped up enough instead of all floppy at the moment. Over the past few weeks, I’ve asked a number of people if they could pump it up for me. Unfortunately, the air pumps at gas staions don’t have the right attachment, and neither does the bicycle shop. The pump that came with the ball is useless.
Today’s mission was to figure this out, even if I had to buy another ball that had a better pump. So, off to the sporting goods store I went [after a fabulous brunch of grilled veggies and a bit of rare flank steak with hummus – a new coffee shop has opened in town – YUM!!!!.
And, THERE, hanging on the wall near the basketballs, was a good pump, with the right attachment, AND A PRESSURE GAUGE!! Cost: 10 dollars. Cost of a new ball with yet another useless pump: $25. I was so stunned, I corraled a sales person – who confirmed my suspicions.
I was so thrilled that I bought a 15 pound weight bar, which I’ll use to do abs, triceps, and biceps while sitting on my newly pumped up ball.
Another lesson: if it’s not working right, you won’t use it. So, take a look around you and figure out what has to happen, and, to borrow a phrase from Blue Collar TV: GIT ‘R DONE!
It’s easy enough to derail ourselves – we can all think of so many reasons or excuses not to exercse. Let’s just hope that ‘equipment failure’ isn’t one of them. Who knows? There might come a time when the stars align and you’re both motivated AND have the time, but your shoes don’t have laces or have disappeared altogether, or your favorite exercise toy is broken or not working right.
Check out your stuff. Go ahead. It’s OK. Even if it’s broken, remember that it can’t fix itself.