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February 10, 2003

Physical Exercise

It's been around 2 years since I've done any significant exercise. Oh I walk to the subway from time to time and climb a lot of stairs to get to my office but nothing like years back when I did a lot of training for alpine climbing (last summit was Mt. Rainier in Washington).

I realized that over the past 2+ years I have prioritized mental over physical. Perhaps 75% of my free time was spent reading some OReilly book or working on some project late into the night (ie. early morning).

So three weeks ago I found a coupon in a local paper for a week trial at the YMCA across the street from the medical school. Some of the YMCAs I've been to in the past were a little scary, but this one is newly remodelled and the membership seems to be somewhat normal (prehaps the downtown location brings in professionals).

The trial was for 1 week, after which I decided I could commit to the routine. Three days a week I get on the T at 5:30am, workout at 6 and am in the office around 7. It is quite envigorating (of course I am a morning person).

In conclusion, after a long, lathargic period, it really feels good to have sore muscles again and feel better about sitting at a desk all day.

Posted by mike at February 10, 2003 7:55 AM