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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Body Pump or Body Pummel? Why It Hurts to Drink Water After Strenuous Workouts

My whole body feels like I've been pummelled. Every inch of me hurts. But it's the best kind of pain...the pain of a new workout routine. Oh. My. Gosh. "Pump It Up!" does this to me every time I get back into it. It's been so long since I've been to class, I probably should have raised my hand when Stella asked if there were any newbies in the room.

I have lots of excuses for not going, most of them relating to the two preschoolers I spend their every waking minute with. It's hard to stay committed to a workout class when your kids get sick, first one, then the other, then your spouse, and just when you think you've escaped this latest nasty virus, your glands start to swell, your turtleneck gets too tight, and all you want to do is stay in bed! Ugh!

Well, apparently there is a solution to my dilemma on You Tube. Body Pump is a worldwide thing apparently. You can view workouts in lots of different languages, right in the comfort of your own home (or home office, if you have a desktop computer). Frankly, I'll probably never do this at home. I need the peer pressure of a room full of women my age and older (mostly older than me) doing every single rep of every single move. If they are doing it, then I can (have to) do it too! I just have to get there when I can, and when I can't, I need to pump up the cold prevention stuff. The Mayo clinic has some guidelines for cold prevention here.

In the meantime, I am hobbling around like a little old woman, carefully lowering myself onto the toilet and painfully getting back up. They say you should drink lots of water after strenuous workouts, but I dread the end result! They also say you should keep working out when you are sore, to warm and stretch your muscles...I purposely went to the Thursday class so I would have the weekend to recover! Maybe I'll go for a walk, or maybe I'll do some of my favorite stretches and curls: stretch out on the couch, in the recliner, or on the bed and curl up with a good book!


Liz said...

You really should stretch. You'd feel a lot better. Afterwards, that is.

Karly said...

I feel your pain..literally. I have just started to get back into regularly working out. We have lots of stairs in our house, and they are a pain in the BUTT!! For real!

Your reference to the toilet is hilarious. I can totally relate!

Good luck getting BUFF!

Maria said...

Donna, I am soooooo with ya! I was sooooooooooo sore too! I've been popping the ibuprophen regularly. In fact I took some when I got to the car after the class! It's a great class. Too bad it's so painful afterwards. Ouch.