I have been trying to stay fit and healthy through what has really turned into the off-season. I'm very active 6 months out of the year. Physically and for about 4 months, I've got next to nothing going on.
For several years, I had Miranda on teevee every morning and I was doing stretching exercises. Great! Last winter, she was a no show. I tried getting out for a walk every day and that worked fairly well in the 2014-15 winter. More snow and ice beginning in November, this time around. I started walking in the house. Oh, yeah!
My indoor "lap" is 88'. Times 60 ... 5,280'. I walk an "Indoor Mile." The important thing is that it takes me about 30 minutes. I'm lame but I walk faster outdoors and a little further. But, I use a cane out there and there is a more interesting environment. The minimum of 30 minutes the health care people tell us is important. That and a sustained pulse rate.
My pulse doesn't need to be racing and neither do I. At my age, the chart says anything above 104 indicates cardio exercise. Above 130, I die
...! Anyway, I have to do a little more than a stroll. I should carry pompoms! Yeah! Arm lifts every few yards on my Indoor Mile and I can hit about any pulse rate I choose! It is very consistent to the number of times I lift my arms - got one of those strap-on, pulse-reading watches.
Recently, I've added about 10 minutes of stretching exercises before starting the Indoor Mile. I know all those, they get me started off better, and I feel better for doing them.
Anyway, I've been able to get out more lately both to walk (a little further - with a little more speed - but no pompoms
) and to get a little work done. DD has me building a fence in her backyard. That's how I knew that the stretching exercises were needed. The snow in my yard, after being around from all the way back in November, finally melted last week.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks