Occasionally I have gone to the ‘Y’ where my friend teaches. I don’t go very often because it’s 30 – 45 minutes from my house and I don’t want to have to leave at 6:15 AM. My body likes to remind me everyday that I’m ‘no spring chicken’ and that I need to keep exercising because I’m old now. Ugh! Everyone at the Y is older than I am so for my ego, I should go more. The kickboxing class that I go to religiously has students that are all younger than me. Again Ugh! I do love it tho’. When I was younger I could drop five pounds with my eyes closed and one hand tied behind my back, that, was the exercise. NOW, I look at food and I’ve gained ten pounds and all I ate was salad. No, age, you will not win!
As far as I can tell, there’s only one reason to exercise and that is, because you want to. Don’t do it for anyone else. If you are able to do a kickboxing class – I think everyone can – then go. Look for exercises that interest you. No, knitting or crocheting are not exercises. Neither is surfing the web. Yes, you’re typing but how many calories does that burn? I had to look that up. It’s 41 calories per half hour of typing for a 125 pound person. Huh. That’s more than I thought it was.
My first kickboxing class I did when I was 43. I had to run out to the bathroom so I didn’t throw-up in front of everyone. Then there was the jumping around and peeing question. From what I know, that lovely little leakage happens to every women who has had children. Any woman who says “that doesn’t happen to me” is a bold face liar! “What fun huh Bambi?”
I decided to keep going back even though the first time was such an unpleasant experience and no matter how much I prayed for a quick and painless death in that class, I was still breathing by the end, barely. There was no way I was ‘going down’ without a fight. I’ve heard all sorts of bewilderment in a persons voice throughout the years. “You do not!” or “Seriously?” At first I wanted to kick them in the back of their head with a round kick. I’ll show you! Now, I try to talk them into coming with me. Good thing cooler heads prevailed over the years.
From that class came some really great friends. We all still go, four times a week and sometimes have coffee after. On top of that we do socialize when schedules permit. I got lucky.
Now you have a number of reasons to exercise when your old. You can test your ability to swallow five thousand times a second so you don’t throw up. You can also test your ’50 yard dash’ by how long it takes you to get to the bathroom. Doing Kegel exercise’s while in class so you hopefully don’t pee yourself. Friendships you will make along the way may last a lifetime. Last but not least, you might get in some fairly good shape.