It’s bad enough that, being a web worker, I spend most of my days sitting at a desk, but it’s even worse when you work from home: the word “sedentary” gets a whole new meaning. I’ve also started to think that having no physical strength is probably not good if I want to keep my RSI under control. I decided it was time to get back into swimming (which I have practiced on and off since I was 6), and my physiotherapist recommended the Robinson Centre.
The actual “gym” part of the gym is pretty boring, so I’ve started attending some of the classes. At my physio’s recommendation, I tried spinning and, to my surprise, I loved it. It’s so loud and exhausting, it makes me feel quite peaceful. I’ve noticed that quieter classes, like yoga (which I’ve started doing over a year ago) or Pilates, make me feel anxious — because they are so focused on the mind as well as the body I have too much time to think and drift away – and they also don’t help my need for cardio activity, for getting tired and sweaty. Swimming is good to clear my mind too — I just can’t focus on anything else other than breathing.
So there. I finally felt the need to go to a gym – being breathless after walking up the 5 flight of steps in the London office helped me to see the need to do something, and I’m glad I found somewhere close enough to my house, with a large swimming pool and interesting classes so that I can at least enjoy myself in the process. I still do a bit of yoga movements everyday though, as it’s a great way of stretching and of releasing all the tension that makes my RSI get worse.