CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

May 29, 2009

Exercise/Fitness Program Landmark


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

EXERCISE/FITNESS PROGRAM LANDMARK

      I promise not to journal my spring exercise/fitness progress too often—it can get boring to both the reader and the participant. However, on May 26 I hit a landmark. However, if you want to read the first post on my new fitness program, click on Spring has sprung…with yard work and fitness workouts

     Two days off—Sunday the Ligonier YMCA is closed, and Monday was Memorial Day, another closed day.

     Tuesday it was bright and beautiful, and I relished not going. But go I must. However, I lazily enjoyed my morning coffee and breakfast on the porch, reading parts of two books: The Hanging of Ephraim Walker 1806 and Walker’s Point (on the west coast, not the Maine coast summer place belonging to the former president). I didn’t leave the house until after ten o’clock.

     In the fitness room, I used the treadmill, the elliptical machine, and worked my way through the arm, leg and back exercise machines that I was instructed how to use.

     Then I went to the pool. It was there that I reached my landmark.

     Having swum thirty fifty-yard distances (twenty-five yards up, twenty-five yards back) on Saturday (Spring has sprung…with yard work and fitness workouts) I challenged myself to do three more. I thought this would make a mile. But then, I hadn’t done the math. A mile is 5,280 feet. Divided by three the mile becomes 1,760 yards. That, divided by 50, equals 35.2. My discussion with a friend in which we concluded (doing head math!) that thirty-three fifty-yard distances equaled a mile was bad math!

     Taking my time, I swam the thirty-three fifty-yard lengths, and tired, exited the pool. It was then that, in a discussion with the lifeguard, I discovered that I was two fifty-yard lengths short of a mile! Discouraged but determined, I crawled back into the pool and did the last two lengths. As I began to climb out of the pool, the life guard informed me that I was ten yards short of the mile. Since I’d completed the massive distance already, I swam the required yardage.

     In looking up swimming programs, About.com suggests swimming from zero to 1,650 yards in six weeks. (My computer and the lifeguard agree that 1,760 yards makes a mile—but I don’t desire to deal with this issue.)  I made it in less than three weeks.

     Yesterday, I returned to the pool. I used the three basic fitness machines—the treadmill, the elliptical and the back exercise (to counteract my sedentariness) and swam thirty fifty-yard lengths. I felt fine. But when I woke up Thursday, I was very tired, and decided to take the day off. The Tuesday activity hit and all I did all day was rest, including a long nap in the afternoon. It was a nice day for this, since it was gray and rainy.

     Tomorrow, I will return to the YMCA, and will take it easy. I don’t intend to nor expect to swim a mile on each visit to the facility. But it is nice to know that I CAN swim a mile! And that my heart should improve with all this exercise.

     If any of you, my readers, have reached a fitness landmark, feel free to share your success in the comment box below. It will encourage me, and my other readers, to keep on the fitness path.

SOURCE: about.com  http://swimming.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=swimming&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fruthkazez.com%2FZeroTo1mile.html

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