I rejoined my gym as the alternatives I tried just didn't inspire participation. I had way too many excuses. I find the Lifetime Fitness the most inspiring atmosphere, even though I am among a minority there (people over 60) but it really doesn't bother me too much except when I am struggling to go up or down the stairs and causing a traffic jam and everyone stares and probably wonder what I am doing at a gym in this condition. Once I get on the machines to work out it isn't so bad, but I have to literally grab my leg and pull on it to get it up to get on and off the recumbent bike and look just as ridiculous taking that big step up (and down) to get on (and off) the treadmill. I exercised more in the past three days than I had the previous 2 weeks and I can feel it. I am doing well with it I think, however, and have set 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill as my goals for now. I was shown some machines and probably will do only 1-2 sets of 15 on those (leg press, etc). I think most of my back pain is from going up and down the stairs and yesterday I took the elevator most of the time. I am working on my quads and gluts to help with the knee strength as I am not strong enough yet to gracefully get up from the floor and I would like to be able to participate in the yoga classes but right now need to avoid getting on the floor (at least in public).
I have been going to bed about 7 to 8:00 p.m. and gettingup about 3:30 to 4:00 every day, even weekends. Since I rejoined the 24 hour gym I will have plenty to do to keep busy. Seeing trainer on Friday after work to set up exercise program and learn to use machines.... Did a bit today with a trainer...
Daughter and I shared walleye and scallops. Hubby ate a huge prime rib dinner. None of us ate our pie and will have it for breakfast today. I think I might have an egg with it for protein.
Yesterday I rejoined my gym and exercised a bit and realize now how out of shape I have gotten. I lasted on the recumbent bike only 15 minutes and the treadmill for 15 minutes and think I pulled something in my back going up and down the stairs at the gym. Today I plan to work on the leg press machine (I have to track down where it is at the huge gym (it is a Lifetime Fitness gym). After the machines I did some knee bends and kicks in the warm whirlpool since no one else was in there. Today I will spend about an hour on the machines and then swim for 30 minutes and whirlpool and steam for another 30 minutes. Guess that will take about 2 hours plus time for driving there and dressing and showering. Pretty much my whole morning???
Lately I know I have not exercised enough because both of my knees are very stiff and I could really tell when I got on the exercise bike. I will push myself a bit but don't want to end up in traction (JK) but I know the kink in my back is from pushing myself a bit too hard. It is better to take it easy and go gradually at first and so my exercise times will probably need to be adjusted.
My eyes tested at 20/30 on left and 20/40 on the right and dr recommended driving glasses. I already use 2.00 correction for computer and 2.5 correction for reading. Now I will have to wear 3 pairs of glasses around my neck so I don't lose them (just kidding JK) or have big pockets for all those different corrective lenses. I have tried bifocals and graduated lenses in the past and found my neck bothered me when I used the computer with those and I also had trouble walking especially on stairs. I don't want to spend big bucks again on something that might not work again so will opt for just getting the driving (distance) glasses and perhaps a pair of prescription sunglasses, too. As for problems seeing at night I guess that is a usual problem. I just hope people with dark clothes on wouldn't run out in front of my car at night!!!! Perhaps I will start a campaign about that cause it is really a dangerous thing to do.
I am grateful that I have level 1 of 10 cataracts and dry macular degeneration and the doctor said yearly exams are recommended to "keep an eye" on those conditions. I also was recommended to take Occuvite which I have been doing for about 8 years already and he said keep that up and wear sunglasses when outdoors (even when it is cloudy). He also said if I smoke (which I don't) I should quit. (I just mentioned this as advice to anyone worried about their eyesight who is reading this blog as it is very important to quit smoking for 100s of reasons).