Saturday, June 16, 2012

Making Progress

About 10 minutes ago, I finished a somewhat exhaustive exercise routine. For a while now, I've been trying to keep a daily routine of running in the morning, walking at noon, and running again in the afternoon. For running, I warm up with a half mile walk, then running for 10 minutes around my neighborhood block, then cool down by walking the rest of the way. For walking, I've found that two laps around my block adds up to roughly 2.5 miles. So I've been trying to do this every day.
What makes today so amazing is that I got my morning run in and then went right to my walk. I tried to do another run, but was too wiped out to get very far. Furthermore, I've been steadily getting faster in my running. It took me a while to get up to 10 minutes in the first place, and then I was able to run for .6 miles. But today, I got .8 miles in 10 minutes, which seems like a huge improvement. the trick obviously is to keep at it and do it every day. Tomorrow, I'll try to get all three routines in on one stride.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Serious Push Ups

Lately, inspired to do things properly, I've started to use a new form for push ups. I've been trying to do at least 40 push ups a day. Not all at once mind you; I'm still pretty weak. When I did these push ups, I was pretty sloppy. My feet would slide back to make my hands come above my head. I've since learned this is an ineffective way to do push ups. Not based on any research I've done, but rather on what I'm doing now.
Now, I've worked out a system to ensure I'm doing proper push ups. I start by standing straight up. I slide one foot back until my knuckles come to the floor by by other foot. I then slide my other foot back with the other one and now my hands are inline with my shoulders, or even behind them. Finally, I push up and down on my knuckles, since using my palms tend to hurt my wrists. I know this is a much better way to do push ups since before, doing 10 push ups in one set was fairly difficult. But doing it this way, I'm lucky if I can break 8 in a single sitting.
Doing it this way has certain disadvantages. For starters, getting 40 push ups a day is much more difficult. In fact, I haven't been able to break 20 since I began doing it this way last week. But the fact that it's more difficult means I'm getting more benefits out of it. So I'll keep at it, and keep trying to do more. That's about all I can do at this point.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Light at the End of the Tunnel

For the past several days, I've been in a very crippling state of depression. I attribute this mainly to the fact that I am a recent graduate with no job prospects. I was being driven insane by boredom. I was trying to occupy my time with projects; all the things I thought I wanted to do, but never seemed to have the time to accomplish. I now realize the fallacy in that thinking, as I now have free time in abundance, but have no motivation to do anything. This depression was taking it's toll on me. I was neglecting my exercise and sleeping too much. And all this just seemed to deepen the sadness I was feeling.
But then I woke up this morning, and I seemed much better. I feel brighter and happier. I went out for a jog this morning, and I felt great doing it. I'm not sure exactly what changed to make me feel so much better. It could be that at the moment I have my resume being circulated among various HR people. It could be that the weather isn't as rainy as it was in the past few days. Or it could just be that my bi-polar disorder is cycling and I'm heading into a manic phase. If the latter is true, then I should probably be careful with my actions. I tend to be worse manic than depressed. Whatever the case, I'm just glad that for now, I'm in a much better state.