Two years ago, I made a New Year’s Resolution to exercise every day and it’s stuck. Why? I like the high! It gets the blood to my head, releases endorphins. Half-way through I start feeling marvelous.
I look at exercise as an alternative to the FDA’s solution, pills.
I had to find my own way until I figured out a routine that suited me.
Seeking the Fountain of Youth at the high-priced Health Club
I’d been doing swimming aerobics at the health club pool for a while, but I thought, why not try for the heavy-duty exercise, the land exercise. Why not try a personal training group?
The first step was signing a contract, and handing over my credit card.
An extra $15o.00 plus monthly membership gave me entry into the newly formed group.
The second step was evaluating my fitness
The next day I headed up to the gym to get my fitness tested. I had to wear headgear that looked like a scuba mask to check my oxygen level on the treadmill. I carefully placed a little gizmo into my bra to record my heartbeat.
When I started by walking as fast as I could, the heart gizmo did not read my heartbeat. I went several times to a back room to put this heart monitor closer to my heart and aging, sagging bosoms, but to no avail.
” I have another appointment coming, and you’ll just have to try tomorrow,” said the sheepish, red-faced trainer who was about 19.
I slowly limped out of the gym, thinking I was already a failure at land based exercise.
The next day, the gym manager, a shapely muscled 24-year old woman, figured out another way to detect my pulse. She read it off the machine somehow, or just made the whole thing up. I was glad to find out I wasn’t heartless or clinically dead.
Joining the personal training class
The next day I showed up bright and early to attend my first class. It was a variety of women of all persuasions. I was the oldest, but I wasn’t the heaviest! They all were running on the treadmills, so I joined them.
Then, the trainer rounded us all up to start our real exercise session.
The affable trainer, Greg, running the session was like a friendly drill sergeant. I furiously rowed on a rowing machine, rapidly bounced a rubber ball off the wall, held a plank position, and startled the entire gym when I awkwardly released the weights on a machine and sounded a loud clang.
The worst was the stair-stepper
I would only recommend the stair-stepper for people trying to get information out of a terrorist. They just have to make the thing automatically go really fast. I seriously feared for my life while on this contraption. As my heart began to jump out of my chest, I yelled,” How do I stop this damn thing.” After finding the emergency stop, I thankfully climbed off.
I did last about three months, and I did attempt things I thought I could never do again, like 100 sit ups, burpees, planks and push ups. My stomach was shrinking. I was proud of myself, but I wasn’t looking forward to the personal training sessions. After a while, I arrived later and later . Finally, I didn’t come at all.
So after spending extra money, and torturing myself, I discontinued my contract.
What I needed to do was accept my age and have fun!
I decided to try things like bike spinning, Zumba dancing, yoga, running on the elliptical ( while I watch TV with my headphones), and lifting weights with Silver Sneaker (Medicare sponsored) exercise groups.
I also bike ride with my husband, take long walks in the woods, get down on the floor with my grandson and play like a two-year old.
To be truthful, I was never admired for my svelte figure. But I do believe the Fountain of Youth resides within yourself. The right exercise for you, and attitude are important parts of it.
I do have great blood pressure, and an athletic pulse. I have a lot of energy and feel great. Okay, I’m not at an ideal weight, but it’s been worse.
Taking those extra steps makes it possible not to keep 30 or 40 pills organized.