Trying to become physically fit take number *mumblemumble*

It is unbearably hot this summer.  So hot that even walking across the parking lot is enervating.  Add to that the extremely high covid rates and the anti-masking feelings among my colleagues who actually go into work in the summer, I basically haven’t gone into work since getting back from Europe.  That means I haven’t been doing my daily walks around the pretty floral area with my friend.

I could, in theory, go to our HOA pool, which is outdoors, but I would have to drive *because it is so hot*, which seems silly, and we just have not done it.

If I walk around the house too much without being careful, I set off plantar fasciitis, so just idly walking while watching youtube isn’t going to work.  I can exercise bike, but I don’t keep it up.  I can calisthenics but I don’t keep it up, plus I sometimes hurt myself (ditto yoga).  And I got stuck on a squat task with the Ring Fit and just kind of gave up last summer.

So… this year I’m trying something drastic.  DH has really enjoyed co-Pilot (not sponsored), and it has made him more energetic, stronger, etc.  While it is really not my thing, I am at a stage where I need to do *something* and this is something I haven’t tried yet.

This was both kind of a spontaneous decision and the culmination of a year of pondering.  Spontaneous in that I found myself between work projects (waiting on coauthors etc.) and I suddenly had time to think about my long to-do list of neglected things, including my health, but also over the pandemic my physical health has measurably gotten worse– even my eye-sight has deteriorated!  But DH’s has gotten better, because he’s been doing these workouts with the help of co-Pilot.  This is probably not the best time since I’m recovering from Covid and I have some more work travel coming up, but if not now, then when?  I am so rarely spontaneous that I’ve learned to jump on the impulse because I almost never regret having done so.  I signed up for a full year (~$100/month with a free month from DH’s recommendation and a discount for paying for a year upfront).  We’ll see what happens.

I’ve got a different trainer from DH since his is booked. From the options they gave me, I picked one who works with people with immune disorders and meets people at their level over the one who helps people with marathon training and pushes people to strength.

I also told DH to get a new Apple watch and I would use his old one.  You don’t need an Apple watch to do co-Pilot, but it helps.  DH’s trainer does use the info it gives her to adjust his workouts.  I will not be using the Apple watch for anything but this since I prefer my decades old Casio for telling time.  #wealth  (Actually, the whole spending ~$1K/year on an online personal trainer is also kind of insane #wealth.)

I’ll let you know how it is going!


17 Responses to “Trying to become physically fit take number *mumblemumble*”

  1. Chelsea Says:

    Do you wear shoes when you walk around your house? I had terrible PF, which was exacerbated by walking around on our tile floors, and a friend recommended getting a pair of Birkenstocks as house shoes. I bought these ( and I find them very comfortable. My feet don’t bother me at all at the end of the day anymore.

  2. Alice Says:

    I’ll be curious to hear how CoPilot works out– I considered them at one point, but they were Apple phone-only at the time and I wasn’t invested enough to switch phones and actually try them out.

    I would especially be interested in how they coach to form when you’re interacting via screens and cameras. Most of my issues historically have been fixed by focusing on form and also on getting the targeted muscles to do the work. (Rather than some other group of muscles that would get overuse injuries because the targeted muscles were all “who, me?”)

  3. Debbie M Says:

    Good luck to you!

    I also have been getting in worse shape. I keep thinking of Leonard Cohen’s lyric, “I fought against the bottle, but I had to do it drunk.” I’m trying to get in shape, but I have to do it fat. With slight foot deformities that aren’t even noticeable except when I’m fat. I mean, here is your reward for actually getting in 10,000 steps for several days this week: your toe sprain is back, ha ha! Oh, did you think those expensive shoes would help? Well, not for that many steps when you’re fat. (I’m not fat by American standards, but by Debbie-toe standards, I am. Also, I am definitely weaker than I’ve been.)

    The worst thing about covid + heat is that everything should be done in the early hours. As soon as it gets light, it’s almost cool enough to do things. But nothing’s open yet. By the time it’s open, it’s already hot, so maybe I should drive, but no, I should just walk and then take a shower when I get home.

    I have ideas, but I’m not doing them. I should be doing like when my friend was killed: hey, murderer, you’re not also going to ruin my health. Only it’s hey, evil politicians, you’re not also going to ruin my health. But I’m just too tired.

    In conclusion, let me just say–I also do not need anyone to help me with my marathon training. And I am cheering for you.

  4. rose Says:

    OOFOS for indoor shoes for feet with ‘issues’. Not cheap but helpful.
    PS: would be interested in generic information about what kind of program co-pilot is and congrats on choosing the instructor that sounds appropriate rather than one who might over push….

  5. countingpinklines Says:

    I _need_ supportive shoes for my feet. Honestly I suspect I have PF but I kept thinking it was an old torn ligament that never healed properly thanks to some doctor years ago. I have a warmer pair for the winter ( and just bought these for the summer ( It’s really cheap and very surprisingly, works for me.

    I’m super curious how co-pilot works out. I.. historically am really bad at maintaining any sort of exercise unless its with friends.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Walking at work with a friend was going great! Stupid pandemic and stupid global warming.

    • Alice Says:

      Re: good shoes– I have an old plantar fasciitis diagnosis, but it’s mostly well-controlled by footwear and stretches.

      I mostly wear Brooks Revel sneakers with a Sole brand insole that I heat-molded to my arches. (It’s a way to get the custom support without going the prescription route.) I make sure not to wear my sneakers into the ground– I tend to put uneven wear on my shoes, and once the wear gets to be too much, the shoe stops helping against the problems. I generally get about 6-8 months out of a pair of sneakers.

      I currently don’t have any business casual shoes or slightly dressy shoes, though I do have some sandals from Naot that would pass in a pinch while it’s still summer. I would give quite a lot to have more variety in my footwear. The running sneakers are fine, but they aren’t the look I want with dresses.

      I hate rolling the dice with looking for new shoes, because the wrong shoe WILL set off a flare that takes awhile to quiet down. The last problem pair was a Saucony brand of sneakers that I thought was ok until about 2 weeks in when my arches suddenly started hating them. The Brooks Revels have done well enough for me that I bought extra pairs last year just to keep in my closet so that I’d have them on hand as they wore out.

  6. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    I have supportive shoes and even supportive slippers! But I do have to actually wear them instead of going barefoot around the house. I have to be careful about that. I took all your (plural) plantar fasciitis recommendations the first time I posted about it,I promise, and I haven’t had a bad recurrence since. But I do have to be careful.

  7. CG Says:

    Just came here to say good for you! It’s really true that the best kind of exercise is the kind that you personally can stick with, so I hope this ends up being a good fit. I have been a regular exerciser for the past decade or so, and for me it really has become its own reward, as unlikely as that seemed when I started. I don’t have much trouble motivating myself to do it anymore because it’s such a habit and the benefits (especially to my mental health) are so immediate and apparent.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Thanks! Hopefully it will become a habit and become its own reward, but if it doesn’t, at least I’ll have been stronger for a year. I think exercise is not like dieting where yo-yoing is worse than being steady.

  8. First Gen American Says:

    Getting old sucks. I get hurt a lot more often than I care to admit while working out these days and have done squat for 3 weeks due to a bad tumble off my bike. My brain still thinks I’m 20 but clearly my body thinks otherwise.

    Part of me thinks the formula is now super clean eating and low impact easy exercise, yet today I ate chocolate and swigged wine straight from the bottle. Someday, I’ll have it all figured out but food is still a struggle despite my recent successes.

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