Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I turned 81 last month. I figure each year is a point won in the game of life.
I updated my profile picture today. I wanted to deflate the belly bulge, and I made it by cheating a little: I changed my posture. I adopted a more posterior pelvic tilt. Tighten the abs so the front of the pelvis rises, and the pelvis tilts back, reducing the forward bulge just above it.
I keep changing my exercise routine. I just started a new one. Two or three times a week I do 13 free weight exercises, one set each, as many repetitions as I can do until the effort gets harder. If I can do 15 reps I increase the weight, if I can't do more than 5 I reduce the weight.
I don't do aerobic exercise. I suppose I should, but I don't have the patience to walk in place for 20 minutes. Every week or two I do a Tabata workout: 20 seconds maximum effort, 10 seconds rest, repeat 8 times, for a 4 minute workout. For me, maximum effort is holding a 10 pound dumbbell in each hand and lowering and raising it as far as I can as fast as I can. At the end of 4 minutes my heart rate is above what my maximum heart rate is supposed to be according to the conventional formula. Hint: the conventional formula is known to be wrong for most people, especially for the youngest and oldest adults, and it isn't supposed work for children. If the weather is good when my meds run out I walk to the pharmacy, about a mile and a half each way, but that only happens once a month.
I weigh myself before breakfast most days, but my goal is still to keep my weight unchanged while shifting it from fat to muscle, if that's possible. If not, at least I hope to hold off the inevitable decline.