Posted in Wellness Wednesdays
I turn 50 in two years and four months. It should be obvious what I’m going to say next: 28 months to get in the best shape of my life. And I have to say, good thing I’m getting a head start, it’s not as easy as it used to be.
Nineteen years ago, this month, I was in the best shape of my life and it took virtually no effort. Yes, that was in part due to age, but it was also due to the fact that I was getting married, and there’s no motivator like a walk down the aisle in a white gown to get a girl in shape. But a milestone birthday is a close second.
If you are like I was when I retired, you probably think retirement will automatically bestow upon you the greatest shape ever. After all you have all that time to work out. But as I’ve mentioned before, it wasn’t my job keeping me from getting in the best shape of my life, it was me.
So a couple of months ago I borrowed a set of P90X DVDs from some friends of mine. I’ll be the first to admit that being retired is a major advantage in finding the time to commit to this P90X thing. The program schedule includes six tough but varied workouts a week for 90 days. I’ll also admit that at 139 bucks for the set of 12 DVD’s, it’s much better to have friends you can borrow them from, at least to check it out while you decide whether you can stand it.
It was great fun to have my friends cheering me on with daily emails that first week, asking me how it was going. After workout number one, I reported that I could barely lift my arms to wash my hair afterward. By day three, when I emailed my friend to tell her that now every body part ached in unison, she replied, “Aahh, Day Three, I remember it well.”
Before you start the program, you are supposed to take “before” pictures of yourself to compare to the “after” photos you take at the end. I just couldn’t bring myself to take a photo of that unfit Syd, so I’ll have to report back to you in four more weeks from memory alone, and maybe even a change in the way my clothes fit.
Interesting Fitness Reads:
Why Doesn’t Exercise Lead to Weight Loss? (New York Times)
Studies Show 15 Minutes of Daily Exercise Can Help (AP via Yahoo)
Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin (Time Magazine)
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