A Bully Becomes a Drum: How to Cry in Public and Get a Cardio Workout at the Same Time
I'm back on a regular exercise schedule, modified after knee surgery. Now instead of jogging on a treadmill, I complete my knee rehabilitation exercises followed by hitting a heavy punching bag.
I prefer my new workout. I think it does a better job of nurturing my mind and body. The knee rehab exercises involve lying on an exercise mat in the aerobics room and strengthening my knees. This means that every day I get to go to the gym, lie on the floor and have a good cry. In public, no less. People accept tears in the context of post-surgical rehabilitation.
Then I wrap my hands with tape and hit the bag for six songs on my music player. To keep my heart rate on target, I mix up patterns of tapping my feet and hitting the bag, and I pretend the bag is a bass drum.
I used to pretend that the bag was one of my high school bullies, but since I went to my 20-year high school reunion and saw one of them with needle tracks on his leg, I just can't muster the anger anymore. Now the punching bag is just a drum.
As always, tell me what you think.