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The Exercise Dilemma

Monday, March 24, 2014

I finally got back to doing some classes at the gym: zumba on Friday and the 85-minute yoga class on Sunday. If only I could stick to a schedule! Trouble is, I get bored or impatient with doing the same thing multiple times--or is it just laziness?

I did the spinning class a few times and that's a pretty brutal workout, but mercifully short (only 30 minutes). Then there's the "yoga on the ball" class, which stretches my muscles but sometimes demands that you do pretzel-like poses on a big ball! Don't know if I can stick with that.

Finally there's zumba, which is fun but sometimes I wonder if it's really doing any good. However, I'm usually pretty tired afterwards, so I must be burning some calories.

I learned a long time ago that exercise has to be fun or you won't stick to it. That's what got me into running--not that it was so much fun in itself but the fun part was running with others who eventually became friends. And then there was the challenge--going from a 5-mile race to a 10 K to a half marathon and finally to a full marathon--six of them! Those were the days.

My one dependable exercise is walking the dogs, which they demand daily, but how much good can a 20 or 25-minute walk do? Some, I guess, but not enough to make a difference in one's weight loss goals.

I think I will try to make a schedule of classes and other workouts to do and then do it! Being in this retirement phase demands more discipline than ever, lest we run the risk of seeing our days churn by with little accomplished…which is why I have to get back to my writing, and today, my last newsletter! Hooray!
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