One ill side effect of being a computer geek is a lack of physical exercise. My typing and mousing fingers are in great shape. Sadly, the rest of me has only gotten worse over time. In fact, I think I can safely say that I am in the worst shape of my life at the moment. The typical out-of-shape physical ailments seem to follow me around all the time: aches, pains, and a general lack of energy. Seeing that I can’t improve this area by continuing to sit around, I’ve decided to (try and) do something about it.
Thankfully, my employer offers a nice deal (a small monetary bonus) to motivate physical activity. I signed up to participate this year, thinking that a little coin would provide that extra push I need to start exercising. How and where to exercise is my first major hurdle. I’d rather avoid a gym if I could, mainly because I don’t want to (a) pay for a membership and (b) spend time driving to and from the place. I could avoid point (b) by using the gym at work, but I still have to pay. Buying a piece of exercise equipment for home would be cool, but I don’t have the room at the moment, and most good exercise equipment isn’t cheap.
So long story short: I’ve decided to start out by spending 30 minutes walking the paved trail around the gym here at work. I clearly won’t be able to do this when it’s raining, and it won’t be the most comfortable when it gets hot, but it’s at least a start. Some exercise is clearly better than none, right? Plus, the weather is just starting to get nice, so it’ll be good to get a little fresh air. I also hope to walk over at Eno River State Park more often on the weekends, which should give me a substantially higher workout (since the trails are often quite hilly).
In what ways do you exercise? Got any tips for a newbie like myself?