Creating a Physical Routine

When I moved to my new home here last November, I was using my pedometer to count my steps daily.  I found my steps had increased substantially from my townhouse use and set a goal of 3,000-5,000 steps a day and then, for a brief period, insisted I walk at least 5,000 steps a day.

I took the Senior Fitness Test from the physical trainer here and it said I was average (for my age) in everything except the 2-minute step; I have no stamina.  I was a little low on the back scratch (try to clasp hands together behind one’s back, one arm over shoulder, one coming up from the waist) but was above average for the chair-sit-and-reach (I can reach beyond my toes; standing, I can touch the floor flat-handed) and the “8-Foot-Up-and-Go,” where you jump up from a folding chair and race around an orange cone as fast as you can.  That score gained me an asterisk which, “indicates that you meet the recommended fitness standard and should be on track to maintain your physical independence in later years (age 90+) despite normal age-related declines.”

However, I gave up trying to walk 5,000 steps a day soon after I took the Senior Fitness Test; I was getting close each evening but then it would get time to go to bed and I’d have to wander the halls for half an hour getting bored out of my mind no matter my mood or what else I was doing.  I began to resent my insistence and an age-old will struggle with myself ensued.

But I want to increase my stamina so I can walk in Lewes easily enough.  I have asthma and am overweight as well as getting older and all that is not working in my favor.  Spring starts officially today and I want to get a routine of some kind going and believe thinking and writing about it at the same time might help me.

I have belonged to a lifestyle and fitness site, Spark People, for the last 8-10 years and it has all the tools one might need to help meet health, fitness, and other lifestyle goals, and now I have this site for this goal.  I suspect I will be working harder at getting to the SparkPeople site daily and working that site and its tools into my routine.

In addition, my new home location has miles of nature trails just out my front door that neighbors asked have I hiked any of them yet and I have two active grandchildren and their parents who I would like to physically be able to keep up with in the coming years, for as long as possible. Because this is a senior community, the nature trails have benches to rest on and easy paths, well-maintained, and some paved, to follow.  My curiosity is dying to walk the perimeter, ring, road of the community with my pedometer in my pocket to see how many steps it takes.

I took the Senior Test in December of 2015 and plan to ask to take it again this coming December, see if I can do that 2-minute step better. I think I have plenty of ideas to work with; websites like this one to keep me honest and enough small adventures like walking the ring road to mix it up and keep it interesting.

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