Tuesday, February 12, 2013
That was the title of a 1969 movie where the setting was a 9 country bus tour of Europe in 18 days. DH and I have been traveling a lot since retirement, especially to Europe (3 times last year alone). Sometimes we join an organized tour (river cruises not buses), but often we just go it alone. Sometimes we have a definite plan and sometimes we just see what happens.
I thought of this today since it’s Tuesday and recently I decided to follow a definite fitness plan. I’ve been keeping fit since retirement in 2007. I have more time after all. However, each day was a “what do I feel like” day.
It was Jan 1, 2009 when I decided to follow a healthy eating plan and lose the weight. Exercise was never my problem, food was. I always worked out because I LIKED it.
On Jan 1, 2013 I decided to examine what I was doing and work within a specific exercise plan.
I’ve always kept a log of my workouts. I’ve mentioned quite often that I like data as well as exercise. But now, I wanted seriously to think about speed and distance and even keep a record of strength training which I do because it’s “good for me” the same reason I eat my green vegetables.
Last week I even posted my fitness plan on my page – the plan I’ve been following for 6 weeks.
So, if today is Tuesday I will go to the center of town and run the “loop” for a total of 5 miles. It’s a nice morning. In case of bad weather, I run the equivalent on the treadmill.
It’s only been 6 weeks, but I’m pleased that I’ve actually seen improvement – speed, distance, even weights. Having a basic outline to follow has definitely helped me get a jump start on the year.
However, I do miss my more casual approach a bit. Perhaps it will help as we get into spring and I add my warm weather variations - kayaking and canoeing on the lake, even joining DH for laps in the pool at the Y. (I hate going out into the cold after a swim)
Eventually I want to seek the middle ground between my previous “whatever I feel like doing” attitude and having a definite plan to follow. I’m glad I have a range of nutrients I can get from a variety of sources. Similarly, I want to have a variety of fitness activities too.
Extremes or rigidity have never worked well for me in the long term, in nutrition, exercise or in any area of my life.