Sunday, November 10, 2013
9. What supports do you need in your life to help you reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? Do you have those supports? What undermines you in reaching your goals? How do you use those supports to your advantage? How do you work around those things that undermine you?
Really, I have all the supports I need. I'm in charge of the food in my household; I have the time, place, and skills to exercise. The only undermining is done by me to my own self when I ignore or set aside my goals. This web site is a big support--providing accountability, an audience, and infinite patience with my creeping progress. There's no working around the way I undermine myself. It's a matter of honest self-talk and rededication when things go awry. That and Never Giving Up.
Friday, November 08, 2013
8. Have you ever worked with a physical trainer? One on one? Small group? What skills or talents did the trainer have that helped you? What didn't help?
I have rather minimal experience with trainers. There must have been a forgettable one when I first joined the health club, who showed me the available apparatus and how to use some of it. My next brush with a personal trainer was when I signed up for a fitness assessment that the club provides annually. That was a disaster. Not the assessment, but the interaction with the trainer administering it. He was young; he was male; he was clueless about how the aging female body works (or doesn't). I got through it without injury, but the experience put a big damper on any enthusiasm I might have had for hiring personal training through the health club.
I do intend to hire a personal trainer after the first of the year to help me work on upper body strength and balance, but it will be someone I already know; someone I have already had discussions with, someone who understands my desire to improve, but not at the expense of joint damage or other injury that would keep me from doing what I love--teaching in the water.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
7. What is your least favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain.
My least favorite? Oh, there are so many, I'm very very spoilt for choice. It would have to start with anything to do with teams and/or balls. If I had to be on a baseball team, I preferred to be out in the outfield picking dandelions and looking at clouds. An attempt in college to be cool and learn tennis was a complete disaster, as my brain is apparently incapable of dealing with any extension of my arm to a bat, racket, club, or what-have-you.
I know it puts me in a small minority of exercisers, but I hate to run. Tried that as a hip young Californian back when jogging was being invented there, but I detested every boring minute of hearing myself breathe and nothing else. I know it's different now with iPods and better shoes, but the impression was made back then, and it stuck.
At the gym? Well, you can imagine how I feel about treadmills and the like. Boring with the added advantage of pounding your legs on a hard surface. I deeply dislike all the machines, really. There's the boredom, yes, but also the ick factor of the sweaty handles that a bazillion people have grasped. I can't explain it--use as much sanitizer as you like, they still feel slimy to me, while being immersed in a pool with dozens of other sweaty bodies bothers me not a whit. Doesn't make sense, but there it is.
So you can imagine my delight at discovering the water, and having forms of exercise that I LOVE. And my very most favorite exercise--dancing in the water. Viva Aqua Zumba!
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
6. What is your favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain.
My favorite thing is anything wet. Swimming, water aerobics, water jogging, Ai Chi, kayaking, snorkeling, water adaptations of yoga, pilates, dance----you get the idea. But I got here relatively late in life.
When my kids were preschoolers we did a lot of weekend day trips to seaside areas. It freaked me out to think of them toddling off a dock and me not knowing what to do to rescue them. Freaked enough to send me to swimming lessons and then to lifeguard training. It was during a swimming lesson that I had the big epiphany. All the motions for the breast stroke had just coordinated and clicked into place, and I was smoothly swimming up and down. I thought, "This must be how birds feel flying in the air. Your body is built to be suspended in this element and strongly propels you. I can fly in the water. I was made for this."
It all went on from there. Royal Lifesaving Bronze Medallion, Red Cross Lifeguard, water aerobics participant, then teacher, Ai Chi instructor. So my favorite thing is the pool at the gym. The rest you'll hear about tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
5. What demotivates you and takes you off your fitness and health goals?
Lack of progress and boredom, hence the idea of "shaking things up" that brought me to this blog challenge. There are good things about having a routine, mainly that you don't have to work out every little detail of every little thing every time. It's great not to have to figure out what to have for breakfast every morning, not to figure out how I'm going to get my exercise done, not to worry about when I will get a rest day. All these are part of routines that work well for me.
But I have gotten to a place where these routines have done as much as they can do for me. They have helped me to progress, but something will have to be different in order to get further. It is unsettling to experiment beyond the tried-and-true, readjust and recalibrate, but I'm pretty sure it's what I need at this point.
One way to break up routine is to take a vacation, and that's exactly what I'm going to do next week!
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