Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Exercise For The Rest Of Us
Unfortunately, that is not me. At this point in midlife, I'm not liable to become that person (and probably could not even if I wanted to with my smashed knee). I don't particularly enjoy exercise. You know how the trainer, or your friend told you that eventually you wouldn't be able to go a day without exercise, you would miss it so much? To that I say, hogwash. Given a chance to sleep in rather than exercise, you know what my choice would be. I do miss very much the ability to walk at will (on the land), but I did that slowly, never for the aerobic experience. I however, live an extremely sedentary life. The nature of the beast is that I spend much of my day online (in a chair), sewing (in a chair) or reading (in a chair). This means that regular exercise HAS to be a part of my routine. Where other people may get some exercise as part of their daily routine, I often do not.
Add that to the fact that I refuse to pay for a gym, and I live in the southern US, and exercise has it's challenges. For those of you who live in more tolerable climates, walking or running may be a frugal alternative. You may also find a local recreation center or even senior center with low cost classes. After exploring all my free exercise options, I have come up with two solutions that work for me. The first one involves spending a full hour each day in my pool (or rather my homeowners association pool). In theory, I suppose, it isn't free-after all I pay $300 in dues a year. Still, it's cheap at the price and close to home. Every day between nine and ten for half the year, you will find me there.
My other solution, believe it or not, is Utube. Just as I aim to spend less time "connected", I find the perfect solution. After much research, I have found three different alternatives. All of them allow me to exercise in the cool, and each one has it's own advantages. All together, I found a series of seated yoga classes (one half hour each), a full hour of senior style aerobics, and a seated weight program for the rest of us.
These options have, thankfully, allowed me to exercise for free (at home or close to home) and to vary my exercise options. Granted, exercising at home may eliminate a social aspect that others may want. I get that social contact in other ways, so I'm all good. Now if I could just get up and out of the house to meet my swim group with a little more speed and alacrity, I would be fine.
Do you exercise? Regularly? Oh, and the book was purchased for a dollar at a yard sale, and the quilt I made to day-still need to bind it and get it properly photographed.