Good to hear from you kcharts! Sorry to hear about your shoulder injury.
I have been exercising consistently for about 8 years but over the years have changed and tweaked my exercise regimen. Many years ago I was a dancer (ballet, modern) and trained every day for three to eight hours, but I quit dancing in my mid twenties and went through a terrible depression followed by some unhealthy ways of coping (alcohol, then eating disorder). For a while I got out of shape and had some health issues. In 2007 I was in a pain program and was introduced by a physical therapist to a fitness center attached to the medical complex where my pain program was. He helped me get started on the weight machines and with calisthenics and free weights, and I just took off from there, reading lots of books, watching videos, watching and asking people who were really good at what they were doing on how to do stuff. Being a dancer, I have always loved exercise and movement as a form of expression and stress relief so motivation has never been an issue. But at times I got stuck for a variety of reasons. At one time I was very very underweight and lost a lot of muscle and I knew the only way to improve was to eat more, which was no easy task for me. I actually think that exercise is what has kept me from literally killing myself because I can not give it up for any length and it has always been more important to me than pairing my body down to impossible standards. I know I need to fuel myself well to be able to do the things I love doing...cycling, hiking, running, being out in nature, dancing and toning my body etc.
My schedule has changed depending on my job or school etc. For the last few years I have been exercising from 6:15am to 7:45am at the gym and/or cycling in the early morning or running. During work I walk on my afternoon break for fifteen minutes. If I cycle to work, I cycle home after which is a nice way to unwind after a hard day. Occasionally I take a dance or yoga class in the evenings a few days a week, and in summer my husband and I take an evening walk once per week. On Saturdays we go for long hikes. He likes to geocache which gets us out to some great trails and so on. Sunday mornings if it is nice I go for a longer bike ride, several hours, or if it is not nice I have a longer morning at the gym. I have a home gym also and use that from time to time in the early mornings. But I love the space to dance and move at the fitness center, and I have made a few friends there. I also look forward to those quiet morning cycling commutes when the world is just waking up and everything is fresh and crisp and cool. The sounds of the early morning birds is one of my greatest joys. And fresh air!
Slacklining...is that where you walk or balance on a kind of rope?
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