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15 July 2014 @ 09:27 pm
Step right up to watch me suffer.  
I thought I wasn't too shabby in the walking stakes - I walk to the bus stop most days, which is nearly 2km each way, and often at lunchtime will walk up to the shops for a browse, being 1.5km round trip plus browsing, and am often on my feet all day at a cat show, or events like last weekend's festival, or even just a shopping trip. But yesterday I found out just how unfit / out of shape my legs are. We had a fire drill, you see, and I just happen to work on the eleventh floor. Luckily we only had to go downstairs, and could catch the lifts back up again when it was all over. All the same I woke up this morning with aching calf muscles and they're still pulling tonight. I'm actually hoping that today's threatened rain will arrive tomorrow giving me an excuse to drive to the bus stop instead.

It reminded me of the time I went to the Tower Bridge, and wanted to cross between the two towers. Climbed interminable stairs, had to take a few breaks, and my legs were like jelly by the time I'd reached the top. Sat until my legs were steady enough to carry me, then made my way across the walkway between the towers - and only then discovered the lifts *g*. Got my exercise that day!
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nerthusnerthus on July 15th, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
If I was ever in a true emergency situation and had to run for my life, I'd be one of the first ones killed, ha; I am in TERRIBLE physical condition, just going up and down 3 fairly short flights of stairs when our public library's elevator was out of commission for a couple months almost killed me every time. I'd arrive at the 3rd floor sweating and panting, my legs burning and my bad knee killing me; going down was of course easier, but climbing with a bag full of hardback books was an ordeal for me. The only exercise I get is walking my dogs daily and housework, I guess; I really need to drop some serious weight and get into a good exercise/cardio regimen, sigh.
miwahnimiwahni on July 16th, 2014 10:10 am (UTC)
Walking your dogs is exercise, though. And I couldn't run to save myself either! A brisk walk is the best I can manage.
mrua7mrua7 on July 16th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Actually feeling pains in your legs and them feeling like jelly isn't really an idicator that your really out of shape. Climbing down 11 flights of stairs isn't an easy task, and the pain you were feeling was simply because you were using a different muscle group for more repetition than average. You walk 2 km every day to the bus, plus 1.5 on lunch...that's quite a bit of walking and your cardiofitness levels are probably pretty good.

Going down stairs, especially that many using your thigh muscles, and hamstrings is to a greater degree than when you walk since your lifting your legs to go down the stairs. Your calf muscles are being stretched more as are your Achilles tendons and the arches of your feet, since your pushing off the steps.

Even someone who jogs daily would have been sore after descending 11 flights of stairs.

Not that working out more never hurt anyone...but your daily walking routine is more exercise than the average person gets.

Stretching exercises before you leave for the bus stop will help with the odd muscle groups...maybe a little light jogging a few times a week. But I suspect you're in better shape than you're giving yourself credit for.

(I used to be a track coach and physical education teacher way back when and I used to work in retail for 30+years and was constantly on my feet)
miwahni: Cats Gandalf the grey and whitemiwahni on July 16th, 2014 10:12 am (UTC)
That's actually rather reassuring, coming from someone who knows. Thanks for that! I have to walk or I get antsy, and as I sit on my backside all day at work, and spend an hour each way on the bus, walking to the stop is the best and easiest way to get that little bit of exercise.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on July 29th, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)

Cut yourself some slack. 11 flights of stairs isn't typical for anyone and you probably couldn't take it at a leisurely pace as you were participating in a fire drill.
miwahni: UK Tower Bridgemiwahni on July 31st, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
It wasn't a leisurely stroll, that's for sure. All the same it took four days before my legs stopped hurting.