My teammates on the Over 60++ Team know what I’m referring to, but for anyone else who might be reading this, you might be wondering. A little background: a year ago, I was pushing myself to be able to walk a mile at one time. It was one of my short-term goals and by Labor Day of 2011 I managed to get it done. Later, I got the distance up to 2 miles, stayed in that distance range for a long time, but by mid-summer of this year I finished the SP 5K Your Way Walking challenge.
I’m easily bored with exercise. It’s not one of those things I “have” to do every day (before you start telling me all the reasons I should, I will tell you I do know all that—I just don’t really care for it, that’s all). A couple weeks ago I was out for one of my “must go” walks. You know what they are: you must go or you won’t shed any pounds this week, or your heart won’t be getting stronger, or your legs will fall off, etc.! Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that if I could go faster I’d get done sooner. Why not try a little slow jog from this electric pole to the next and see what happens. Wow! Did that ever feel strange! And, oddly enough, I did get to that pole a little faster! I tried it a couple more times on that 1.5 mile walk—pole to pole alternating mostly walking with very, very slow “jogging.”
The second week (just finished) I changed it up a bit and started counting pole-to-pole steps or jogs and did 250 jog/steps four times during my 1.6 mile walks. Next week I think I’ll keep the routine the same before increasing the jog steps. I typically walk every other day and bike for 20-30 minutes the opposite days. Fortunately, I live in a rural area and the paved road is a good route that doesn’t get much traffic. That’s the other thing—I don’t want anyone to see me so I have to keep an eye out for any vehicles that may be in my line of vision!
What have I learned? Several things, of course—nothing we do is without learning something!
1. There is no word describing this exercise of mine, which is how I decided on SLOG (all caps) with the help of my teammates. It is a very slooow jog/walk and should probably be a Walk SLOG since I do more walking than SLOGGING, but SLOG Walk sounds better, I think. Look up the definition of the word slog and you’ll see that it fits perfectly!
2. Lots of body parts jiggle and bounce when I’m SLOGGING. Who would have thought I’d need a sports bra and spandex girdle thingie at my age (69 next birthday)? Both belly and boobs flop without some kind of restraint.
3. You really can get there faster! It isn’t pretty, but it is faster.
4. I can still walk and talk after vigorous (for me) exercise.
5. My artificial hips are fine! Five years ago when I had them replaced the surgeon warned me against running. Like that was ever going to happen! LOL!!! But, he also told me that I could play tennis. Again, like that was ever going to happen. But, since I am now carrying around ¼ less of me than I was before starting this job of getting slimmer and healthier, a little SLOGGING is not going to do any more damage than all that weight bearing was doing every day in every way. Everything feels just fine, nothing hurts and I might be a bit stronger. Hard to tell after just 2 weeks, though.
I’d love some company on one of my SLOG Walks, but I’m sorry I won’t be able to talk. I’m too busy breathing! Have a great weekend, my dear SparkFriends!