Tuesday, January 08, 2013
In the gym this morning! I was waiting for a coffee with the other ladies that do Tai Chi, when a man of about my age, with not a drop of sweat on him, came up and asked me whether I’d enjoyed my workout. I explained that I hadn’t started yet, and he asked me my routine. So I told him what I usually did, and how I finished with a swim and the walk home. “Oh, you’re local then” he said. So I casually said it was a 5 mile walk, and he kind of goggled at me and scarpered!
So still amused, a bit later on I was swimming up and down the lengths, when it suddenly occurred to me, firstly, what a good strong body I’d inherited, and secondly, how much had changed in a year.
Because my weight has gone up, rather than down, which had been the intention, I tend to forget the other improvements that have happened. So when I stopped for a quick rest, I thought I’d list them.
This time last year, I was having problems with all my joints. Shoulders, hips and knees, especially the knees.
I was trying to get back to swimming, but I could only swim one length at a time. I needed to stop to get my breath back, I kept getting cramp in my calf muscles, my neck didn’t like it much, and the flicking motion that you do in breaststroke legs was hurting my poor knees.
I went for a walk with friends about then. We only walked for an hour, on the flat and it felt like forever, I really ached the next day.
If you had told me then that I would be going to a gym, I would have laughed in your face.
I found out in the last year, that the aches in my joints were mostly caused be sitting too many hours on the sofa! I still have problems, especially with my knees, but nothing like I had then.
I found out, when I met up with some other sparkfriends, and had a walk along the tow path, that I could walk for pleasure. Now I regularly walk 5 miles, and have done as much as 10, and often meet with friends to do so.
When I stopped for my rest, I’d swum 30 lengths. I often swim 50, today, I swam 60!!
An incredible amount comparatively speaking.