About a year ago, Michael and I watched this show on the PBS show Nova. The show focused on a group on non-runners who were training for the Boston Marathon. It was interesting to see how the participants handled the challenges of training and how the process changed them.
One of the things that has stuck with me was an interview with a doctor who stated (paraphrasing here a bit) that, from a cardiovascular perspective, you are healthier from the moment you do your first workout. There are, invisible to the eye, improvements in your health immediately.
I’ve been thinking about that a lot tonight. I’ve been working out steadily for about a month and a half now. I’ve lost a couple of pounds but beyond that, I don’t feel or look different. I don’t really feel much like an athlete yet (except for the two days of the swim meet earlier this month).
I’m not on a diet and I’m not exercising to lose weight, though I hope that will happen. I am exercising because I want to be healthy, for myself, for my husband, for my sons. It is just a bit frustrating that healthy takes a longer time to see than weight loss does.