In May 2016, I launched an exercise program:
- Focusing on being fit (or fitter) at 70
- Committing to reporting every six months (or more often if, you know, some big improvement warranted that)
Ta da. Or not.
I kept it up for a while and then life intervened.
Five weeks ago, I relaunched my exercise program. After the first three days, I scaled back my implementation (along with my expectations) so as not to hurt myself.
This weekend marks three weeks on the full program: Monday to Saturday, I complete two rounds of three sets of weight-training exercises (upper body, core, lower body) on alternating days, along with some flexibility and balance exercises. I take one day off every week.
I’ve increased the weight I’m lifting in one or two exercises, and I’ve seen some improvement in my everyday: When I crouch to take a photo of something, for example, I get up a little more easily. Woohoo.
But it’s hard for me to see any improvement in my benchmark exercise: push-ups, modified to be done from the knees, not the toes. They’re still really hard and I don’t feel that I’m getting my nose any closer to the mat.
However, I had committed to reporting every six months, so I figured I’d better get at it, even though I’m three months late. When I look at the video evidence (just under 2 minutes), it does seem to me that maybe I’ve made some progress.
Ta da, indeed.