Lessons from exercise helping me with my thesis
Exercise in later Life
I really only took up any kind of exercise in my late 40s. When I was younger, we all ran about and played outside all day if we could but there was little sports provision for girls.
Running on a Treadmill
The first exercise I took specifically AS exercise was walking. And I had to get used to walking in flat shoes. I had been working in an office for 20 years, wearing low heels and when I wore trainers for walking on rough or muddy ground, I was in agony after only about a quarter mile because my Achilles tendons had shortened. Then I went to aerobics class but in my 50s, I moved office into the city centre and the building had a small gym for use by members of the club. I joined and found they had a treadmill. At the age of 58, I decided I was going to run my first ever mile. There were times when the gym was empty, so I practised then. It was hard work keeping running, even for "just" a mile and I had to work up to it. I found that my best encouragement was to use the counter on the treadmill dashboard to count down 10, 9, 8 .... seconds etc and keep myself going "just" for another 10 seconds. Then I increased it to 15 and 20 seconds. I ran my first mile using this technique to keep me going and improved my time to my personal best of 9 minutes 58 seconds - I was determined to beat the 10 minute barrier.
Help For My Thesis
I have been using that technique to help me get through formatting my thesis. I posted yesterday that Microsoft WORD(r) was a PITB I had over 200 figures plus 6 photos and 10 tables to caption so I could create a table of these and it wasn't playing ball. Captioning doesn't require a lot of thought but it does require steady careful work, so I am doing 10 at a time then a break. I managed to get up to 20 at a time once I got going. At that rate it goes a bit faster. Exercise can improve your study skills too!
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