• Eyes on 2019: Exercise

    !! Exercise !!
    It should be one of those bad 'four letter words.'
    And yet when I do it I feel so much better.

    At my age - exercise is not an option.
    And I am not happy about that. 

    Various parts of me stop working well when they rest for too long.
    Trite but true - Use it or lose it!
    Don't you just hate it when 'trite but true' is ... well, true!

    In 2018 I had no exercise goals, but I did do stuff.  I participated in an aerobic class 2 times a week and on the weight machines 2 times a week.  Routine - magic word.

    But all that fell apart at the end of last year.   I hurt my shoulder and was advised by my doctor to leave the weight machines alone for about 8 months.  Toning - gone. Then my aerobic class changed from Mondays Wednesdays to Tuesdays Thursdays.  I can never do Thursdays.  Aerobic activity - gone.

    There goes my routine.
    Couch potato time!!
    For 2 months I did pretty much nothing beyond thinking
    on the couch -
     (by the way ... thinking is not an aerobic or toning activity ... just in case anyone was wondering.)  

    Everything needs to change in 2019.  And man ... do I hate change!   I found a Monday Wednesday class called Power.  It uses free weights, a step lift, exercise ball and bands ... and is designed for toning and muscle strength.  I have given Power a try and I like it a lot.

    I rented two DVDs from the library.
    This DVD does not use weights but I thought I would purchase
    with this one to begin with.  

    I discovered in class that getting down on to the floor and get up again
    was so much easier using a step up of about 4 inches.  There are
    graduated risers just like in class to increase effort.
    In fact I liked it so much I got a step lift for the condo - and an exercise DVD to use when I miss going to Power.  The work out is similar.  Now to just work it into my day.  One problem solved.

    Aerobics is a stickier problem.  The DVD I purchased does address aerobics as well so maybe I can kill two birds with one stone.  Or I'll go back to walking.  It won't be an ideal solution in my neighborhood because it isn't really walker friendly.   But no matter.  I have a blogging friend who walks in her basement on bad days.  If she can walk in her basement  (for 6 miles of steps, I might add) I can walk in my neighborhood.  If you don't believe me about 6 miles a day, check out Life is Good - a blog by my friend HappyOne - Karen.  She inspired me to blog.

    It is a plan, at least, for now.
      Without a plan or a routine, I will do nothing,
    (and doing nothing is not toning or aerobic activity ... just in case you were wondering.)
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