Recently, a 94 year old volunteer offered to unplug a lamp I was moving out of the gift shop. The lamp was plugged in under a table and as I was objecting/worrying about this gentleman getting down on the floor to reach the plug (and not being able to get back up), he quickly squatted down on all fours, stretched under the table and unplugged the lamp. Then he sprang back to his feet!! My jaw dropped!
At 43 my joints are stiff, I'm carrying around several pounds of excess weight and there is no way I could get up from the floor as quickly as a volunteer who is more than twice my age. A lot of my volunteers, from age 70 and up, move with a lot more grace and agility than I do and realizing this has convicted me. If I want to be spry and active when I get to be their age I have to get serious about my health and lifestyle.
So I've been considering ways to get back into shape. With the exception of my high school years when I got into doing "Jazzercise" two times a day (Yes, I said Jazzercise. Feel free to snicker. The 80s were an age of great cheese.) and starved myself into a size 6, I've never been one to exercise for the sake of excercising. Going to a gym or an excercise class has never held great appeal to me.... so what kind of excercise would keep me engaged and interested long enough to get me back in shape?
One morning as I got into my car to drive to work and it hit me: Why am I firing up all this metal and burning expensive gas to drive 1.18 miles to work? If I walked, it would take me about 20 minutes to get to work and if I biked the distance, I'd be there in about 10 minutes (maybe less). The roads between home and work are fairly flat and there's only one busy road I'd have to cross.
|1970s Schwinn Bantam|