I used to breeze by the exercise classes for seniors on my way to an intermediate yoga class or the swimming pool or the resistance trainers. Silver Sneakers, ha. I’d never be one of those oldsters doing their exercise sitting down, at least not for a long time.
This was not so long ago. Before the wrist pain made Downward Dog impossible and yoga less enjoyable. Before knee pain derailed my regular fitness regimes. Before I let inertia take over. It is amazing how quickly that can happen. Nothing is easier than not exercising! And the older you get, the easier it gets and the faster you go downhill.
My husband and I joined a nice Kroc Center last summer, shortly after we moved to the city, but we didn’t use it much, preferring to walk outside (me) or bike (him) when the weather was nice. I was finding more and more excuses not to do even that. Too hot. Too rainy. Too icy. My knees hurt. The most effective habit is walking, never driving, the .8 of a mile to the library, because it brings the reward of a new book or two to read. However, because of this resolution there have been many weeks in which I have read only e-books.
It is trite to use the New Year as a boost to one’s resolve, but I am now starting to use the Center more frequently. At first I used the pool and the crosstrainer, but I decided to swallow my pride and try some of those Silver Sneakers classes.
To my surprise, I like them. Maybe it’s an indication of how far I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon, but they are just challenging enough to get me huffing and puffing and give me a few sore muscles. Face it, I am 73 and a bit overweight, definitely in the target range for these classes for seniors. Sitting down for at least part of the class feels good. There are plenty of things you can do in a chair and that is good to know–for later, maybe? Today I went to a class of dance moves with 2-pound weights. Shimmy and shake!
Fortunately these classes are conducted well out of the public eye, unlike at our previous fitness center. No one can walk by our class and say, I’ll never be that old.
I have a lot of open time in my schedule in coming weeks, before the garden goes in, so I intend to explore as many classes as I can and settle on new fitness routines. Maybe by the time my new perennials arrive this Perennial will be blooming with energy.
I feel better just thinking about it.