So I’m about four weeks into my Kqool.com exercise experiment. After months of abortive attempts, the stars have aligned and I’ve gotten off to a good start. It’s been about four weeks, and I’ve managed to average about 3-4 days per week in the gym.
What have I learned? Yes, bosu squats are hard. Jumping up and down onto a semi-spherical rubber balloon and balancing on it while doing deep knee-bends isn’t exactly my idea of kicking back, but then again, I’ve discovered muscles I didn’t know I had somewhere in the region of my thigh/outer leg/rear-end area. And they can get sore fast.
But more than that, I’ve learned a lot in a few weeks. No surprise, I’m out of shape. And I’m not very flexible. My hamstrings are as tight as a drum. But my body has also adapted quickly, and I’ve definitely gotten stronger.
Three or four weeks ago, I could barely do 12 push ups off the bench. Today, I did three sets of 15, at a good pace. My core is stronger, my back is stronger, and I feel different when I stand up from my seat on the subway, or find my balance on a moving train.
There’s still a long way to go. Besides discovering the benefits of exercise, it’s also clear that not exercising can have a profound effect on your body, and your state of mind, in a less than ideal way. This process has helped to make that clear, and given me a chance to observe the opposite effect, going from a state of zero as it were, to one bosu-step forward.