Have I lost my edge in the ElderExercise world because I’m having too much fun? Maybe. It’s also the ongoing changes–moving, more time with extended family, a new place to explore, and–this is a hard bump to overcome–too much time in the car. Don’t miss all those NYC subway stairs but they did work for exercise plus the walking to and from.
Stopped carrying pedometer because it was clear 5,000 steps/day were not happening. So why beat myself up? However, I am moving on in a different way. As my waistline has spread noticeably in last 2 1/2 months, I feel the pressure of doing more while I can still make a difference in readjusting the body.
Since mid-October, I’ve had six sessions with the resident trainer; we work on stretching and balance exercise. Each time I end with 10 minutes or so on the Treadmill at 3.9 and a bit of incline. When I finish this, it’s off to do some more. There’s another machine there (will take a picture) that is used standing to work on stamina, I think. Makes me huff ‘n puff after five minutes.
Friday, the 13th, took a long walk with a woman I’ve met who likes the idea of regular walking partners. We did about 7,000 steps together from our place on the hill to the waterfront. By the end of the day had done 11,000! Decided that I’d carry pedometer when I know that there’s the possibility of distance travel on foot. Still hope to use mass transit more.
Tomorrow I stick my toe in the warm pool here for “Gentle Aquatics Class.” How many years has it been since I pulled on a bathing suit, even more years since connecting with that dreadful chlorine. But am holding my nose, so to speak, and joining the other ladies here to partake.
New physician has put me and spouse on a 12 week Vitamin D regimen–50,000 mg/once a week, then 400 mg after that. Seems to work and a big change from nothing! But we are in cloudy land in Portland, so it’s particularly important.
And so it goes. No promises about future posting other than I will try to appear more frequently. And I always talk about the site and make the case for collaborative exercise support. Thanks to Claude and all of you who hang in there.