Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday Challenge 021920
This week is exercise I enjoy.
I used to be very active. I grew up playing touch football in the street, basketball, tennis, baseball. I was good, but track is where I excelled. I was on scholarship and ran the mile and three-mile in college. It got me my education which led to my career as a teacher.
Coached track for a couple of years. When the shot put and discus throwers left me in the dust on the track I knew I was past my prime.
I was active in tennis and bowling, even did church league basketball, but arthritis in my hands stopped doing them.
I picked up golf. Coached JV at the high school and when I retired joined Albuquerque Seniors where we played different golf courses within a hundred miles of the city, as well as almost all city courses. The course in picture is Paako Ridge on the east side of Sandia Mountain.
Three years ago I fell and broke my right hand and severely wrenched my back. Doctor told me no more golf. I was more worried that I could still type on a keyboard, which I can.
I settled with walking my dog in good weather, which here is quite often.
That didn't give me enough exercise and I've started putting on weight. Taking insulin turns sugar into fat. I tried a Planet Fitness off and on over the years, but my back won't take dead weights or machines. Numerous trips to the chiropractor learned me to leave them alone. A treadmill is just too boring, same with stationary bikes and elliptical.
In January a Defined Fitness opened up a mile from where we live and it has a pool. Wife and I are now working out three to four times a week mixing it up with treadmill, seated stepper, which I love, a seated hand and arm exerciser, when I can get on it as there's only one. There's an aqua class every Tuesday and Thursday and it's fun. I love the foam bar bells, but the noodles and I don't mix.
Between the exercise and using a different medication that getting me to cut down the amount of insulin I've lost ten pounds and feel much better.