I’m quite faithful to “take a walk” but my walks are most often leisurely rambles and not geared to work up a sweat.
My exercise history has been a series of enthusiastic activity bursts punctuated with long periods of slacking. But the diagnosis of a genetic heart condition has kyboshed my ability to do activity bursts anymore and the same diagnosis makes slacking an non-option.
So I called on my old friend Leslie. She’s faithful – always ready for a walk – even in the worst of weather. I can do her walk – no hills which are the killer for me – and it does work up a sweat.
I hope Leslie doesn’t take it personally that I don’t listen to her conversation – she’s always talks about the same things 🙂 I can only listen to “C’mon!” “You can do it!” and “Isn’t this fun!” so many times . . .
Instead, I turn her volume down and listen to an audio book from Librivox.
Right now The Railway Children is keeping Leslie and me company as we walk.
I wanted to add some strengthening and flexibility exercises to my walking routine. Something simple and quick but that would exercise the whole body as well as gradually increase in difficulty.
A friend of mine reminded me of the old RCAF XBX fitness program. I can remember my mother doing these exercises. They’ve been around for a long time. I found a free interactive XBX site online. So I registered yesterday and started on level 1.
12 minutes a day is all it takes. That’s do-able.
I was amused by the note included on the instruction page of the XBX program:
Note: Do not expect startling results. Fitness takes time and persistence. Couple your XBX program with a good diet, and your progress will be steady.
Startling results? Like what?? My imagination is running away with that description.
Getting in shape would be a pleasant but not startling result – now, growing hair on my chest would definitely be startling 🙂
I like the rest of the advice – “Fitness takes time and persistence. Couple your XBX program with a good diet, and your progress will be steady.”
So, my new goal?
Slow and steady.
We all know the end of that proverb.
I’m not in a race, but if I can get in the exercise habit,
I’ll feel like a winner.
Happy Thursday everyone!