Exercise Binder--- doesn't work unless it gets taken off the shelf regularly!
Thursday, March 25, 2021
I'm a great organizer, if I do say so myself. Organizing something... anything... is one of my strengths, which is what makes it so difficult for me to live with a collector/hoarder.
HOWEVER... following through is one of my weaknesses. Take the Exercise Binder (yes, it deserves capital letters) as a case in point:
- I buy magazines like Prevention, cut out the exercises I decide I should be doing
- I trim them neatly
- I get a 3-ring binder from Peter (as a former teacher, he has lots of supplies)
- I make a set of dividers... arms, legs, abs, resistance band, weights, yoga
- I punch all of the clippings and put them in the appropriate section of the Exercise Binder
- I put it neatly (in alphabetical order) on the shelf
AND I LEAVE IT THERE.
Sometimes for months. Yesterday, as part of my "40 Bags in 40 Days" project, I got out he Exercise Binder because I had more clippings to add. I decided to go through what was already in there, and guess what... there were many duplicates, triplicates and even quadruplicates. Spent more time culling and making decisions... if the weight exercises were specifically for arms, should they be filed under "arms" or "weights"? Since most sheets were from magazines and the exercises were printed on both sides, there were very few sheets with only "arms" so they all stayed in "weights".
Having done that, I found some new online references, under "Province of Ontario" for specific exercises for seniors 70+, and printed them off including a 16-page "Participaction" booklet which included a 12-week walking programme. Walking and swimming are my favourite exercises, so I plan to set myself up a chart and record the days I walk, # of steps, distance travelled and time.
And the good news is that the Exercise Binder is not going back on the shelf! The winter is over, things are opening up again as more people are getting at least their first Covid-19 vaccine shots, and it's time to get rid of some of this belly fat.
Thanks for reading,