Keeping you posted on my health trip. After my stay in hospital, the deal was that I had to get into some sort of an exercise or training programme, either on my own or going to a gym place. Well, gym places just give me goose bumps, so my only option was to do the thing on my own.
The doctors and myself had struck a deal.
- twenty minutes fast walking, monitoring my hear rate between 120-125 beats a minutes, three times a week
- one hour or more visiting a museum or a gallery, as I find walking in museums very tiring, I’m supposed to add five minutes to the time I can handle every time.
- going on walking as I have been doing for the last three months
- 10 minutes pedalling on a home bike, monitoring my heart rate, three times a week
- and if possible doing a few stretch exercises
These things are all, (except for the last bit) I was told, supposed to help reduce the fat, cholesterol and triglycerides and help with the blood pressure.
So here’s one of the tools I use
The bracelet stays in my hand
It is set to give me warning beeps, whenever I walk too fast or too slow.
You should have seen me the first time I went on my fast walking, with this contraption round my stomach, huffing and puffing around the Jardin du Luxembourg. I must have looked at my watch sixty times in twenty minutes, but I had gone through the test that said I could do it, so I did it and survived!
I don’t even want to think about what the passers-by must think, seeing this mad elder woman hurrying across town! 🙂
Curiously enough, the second time, my body and my brain remembered the days when I used to go jogging, and reminded me that there are ways to regulate your breath. Which I did! And it went much better. The other day, when I remembered to have a look at my watch, I had walked for 23 minutes!
The other tool is this :
That’s right! It’s an indoors bike.
Three times a week I climb onto this thing, and pedal away for at least ten minutes monitoring my heart rate.
The biking is much easier, although I find it more boring. I watch the news or read a book as I have a thoroughly comfortable bike, which must be for handicapped people. Just the thing I needed. I am not sitting in a saddle but in a sort of comfy armchair, so nothing hurts!
Ten minutes may sound really short, but I’m supposed to warm up my muscles for a while before getting into the ten minutes’ effort and cooling down afterwards, and stretch my legs out at the end. So it does take about half an hour.
As for the stretch exercising, I just do it once a week. It’s what I find the most difficult. I’m totally unfit for anything that requires being supple and nimble at the moment, but maybe, by working on it…
This doesn’t include the daily walking of around 10,000 steps, with my pedometer, all this, six days a week, so now you understand why I find it difficult to blog much!
One last thing! I have also been supposedly exercising my brain on the Nintendo machine, and I like it!
Some days, my brain is 74, but yesterday, it was 42! 🙂