What to do when not exercising?

Aug 17, 2016
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For the last 2 months, I have not been able to exercise or even workout in my rugby chair. So what is going on with me? You guessed it, Summer time. I have been doing some traveling for vacation and work. I have also been un-seasonally sick. It is usually during the winter that I am ill. Thus, I have not been able to train, exercise or workout like I have wanted.

Incredibly, I don’t feel that I have gained about 100 pounds during this summer. Surprisingly, I have lost 15 lbs!! How?  In the past I usually take about 2-3 weeks off, but with the rugby season ending earlier than usual and all the traveling for work, I had planned to start my off-season exercise plan immediately.

This is what I have done in the past. I have typically done my usual fitness center workout with using the peck deck and pulling weights. However, I need to start something new. Last year, for the first time ever, I did a Cross-fit exercise.  I loved them so much that I plan to do more this summer. However, the issue I have with cross-fit is that I can only do it once a week because it is such a physically demanding workout. I have been advised that I can only do a cross-fit workout once a week out of fear of over using my biceps and triceps. It is not that easy finding fresh new work outs for a quad amputee.

Also, I have not had the help of my friend and co-worker Kris, when she started the core class going twice a week during the spring and summer. These classes are perfect for me! Kris provides change of pace exercises during the week. Many of her exercises can be time consuming for endurance. Many are short because the focus is on intensity. Also, the core class exercises are idea for preparing me for an extreme interval exercise. Since I am only able to do extreme interval exercises once a week, it sure helps to have other alternatives. The core class is perfect in that regard.

I will plan to start all of these exercises as the summer comes to an end. So, how have I lost 15 lbs? Easy, I did what any person should do when their exercise is compromised. Change your diet!

Once Rugby season ended I knew that my travel schedule was about to begin. What I did was change how much I ate. In the past I would not eat very much at all. When this happened our bodies go into starvation mode. Our body stores fat and thus you gain weight. I actually started to eat complete meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That was it. No more eating pop tarts for breakfast and crackers for lunch.

Once I get my routine and schedule set for the remainder of the summer, I will look to add other activities such as swimming and maybe a 5k. I will soon be in good enough shape to begin the rugby season next month. Hopefully, this will help keep the weight off for the summer.

Author: Bob Lujano

  • Phillip

    Struggling with this myself at the moment. Hopefully, we can both get back in playing shape quickly!