A fount of knowledge, support, and discouragement.
Let's talk about the discouragement.
I've been walking-in-place for the past year for about 5 miles, if the pedometer is anything to go by. I got bored of it. Yes, that took a year. I have a playlist and a lap top. Walking in place was like a stationary treadmill. It didn't bother me until 1 hour of marching didn't even break a sweat.
What did I settle on? Stretching. Not just stretching - contortionist level stretching. That did not last long. A few days and I was bombarded with:
"why would you do that?"
"You're going to hurt yourself"
"You should do something else"
Nothing discourages like 'helpful comments' like that. I'm not 'stretching before exercise' or anything else. Stretching is the point. Stretching extremely was the goal. I looked it up - yeah, stretching so dangerous. As a fun exercise, I looked up the other 'dangers.' Guess what else could cause serious injury: EVERYTHING.
That's right. Everything will kill you, injure you, and is filled with peril. Fucking kills, but that has not deterred me, has it?
Oddly enough, walking is perfectly safe. Unless you walk outside - then you might die. >_>
I'm in between. I was having fun until the 'helpful comments.' Should I take up yoga (but not group yoga, because that's dangerous.) Or stick with stretching? I was acting responsibly, taking my time, only doing a 'wee' bit more than my current flexibility.
Hell is other people, as they say. Does stretching really weaken the muscles? Could I really do myself more harm than good? If I'm not a dancer, does flexibility matter?
I don't like leaving my room. I don't like equipment. If it takes over an hour a day, I'm not interested. I still have other options. Two. Yoga and full-bodied isometric exercises.
Or I could go back to walking. No one has declared that an anathema YET.