Exercise: Did It!

Did It! I worked out on the treadmill for an hour. I call it a workout rather than a walk because I did isometric exercises for the abdomen, buttocks, and bladder.

To keep my routine exciting, I started doing squats and lunges with light weights for about 5-10 minutes before hitting the treadmill.

Average HR 140; Maximum HR 173. Twenty percent of the workout was in zone 5, anaerobic metabolism. The latter surprised me. I felt fantastic even when my HR shot up. I almost continued running but did not want to risk injury or harm to my health. Exercise is to help my body function the best it can. Pushing myself to a heart rate above 160 risks doing more harm than good.

So, what exercise did you do today?


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

5 thoughts on “Exercise: Did It!

  1. Since I’ve spent so much of the latter half of 2020 in the hospital I’ve really scaled back my exercise since I was discharged. Because of breathing problems, I’m working my way towards 1000 steps per day as the first baseline. After that stabilizes, I’ll work towards 1500, 2000 etc

    1. Hi Dreamer. That’s great! You are doing better, and you set exercise goals based on your body and medical history. That’s the way to do it. Set small goals and gradually build up as you get stronger. Given your breathing problems, you should discuss any form of exercise with your doctor.

      1. Thanks for the kind words. This has been a really unpleasant experience for me, but one I’m learning from each day.

          1. Around Labor Day weekend I suffered shortness of breath. The doctors are still trying to determine exactly what happened but it also affected my kidneys

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