I have a friend who is a body builder. She competes and everything. She’s even won in her age bracket more than once. And she’s only a few months younger than I am so whenever I need advice about exercise, I turn to her. She’s my go-to source for all things physical.
In an anticipation of my being out of town, I needed to come up with something to do. (And you know, given that I gained 8 lbs in spite of doing things one can only imagine how much I would have gained otherwise.)
She recommended the Scientific 7 Minute Workout (S7MW). I immediately looked it up and realized that there were a couple of things I would find difficult to do. Like stepping up on a chair. I could step up on a step or a step-stool but on a chair? Not so much. But my friend chimed in and told me what modifications I could make to fulfill the demands of the workout without missing a muscle group. I did it every day while I was there and occasionally added an extra abdominal routine to my daily exercise.
|I only wish I looked|
this good but the suit
looks good enough
even on yours truly
So I did that on my vacation. As soon as I came home, though, I knew I would have to get myself back on track and focus more seriously on my workouts. Rob and I went for a walk one day. I did a 45 minutes yoga practice another day. And even on a day when I head to the office for the morning, I do a 20 minutes yoga practice and the S7MW or ab workout, depending on my time and what I feel my body needs.
On days when I don’t go to the office, I’ll be tackling the Jillian Michaels DVDs or going for walks with Rob.
This Saturday I’m going to do something I haven’t done since before 2006. I’m going to get into a swimming pool. My friend, Kanika, and I are participating in an aquacize class. I don’t know how this will go for me, frankly. I don’t know how my body will respond to being in water. I had hoped that my mother’s pool would be open/ready but it wasn’t. Oh well. This Saturday I’ll find out the hard way. If I can’t do it, I can’t. We can add one more thing my body doesn’t like anymore now that I have vertigo. I’ll still have a cute polka dot swimsuit for the trouble and maybe I’ll find some use for it outside a pool and far away from a beach.
Knowing my luck, my schedule this week will implode and I'll have to rethink things. We'll see how it goes.