Less Pain, More Gain!
I'm slowly getting adjusted to my exercise program for my heart health! I’m finally getting to the point where I don’t hurt quite so much after the aquafitness classes. I am going twice a week plus once or twice for free swim. This is when I can really try to get my heart rate up in my prescribed target zone for 20 minutes with more intense aerobic activity in the water. The higher intensity I can do on my own also lowers my blood sugar and burns calories more than the resistance type exercises in the group classes.
I’m still getting massage once a week too, and man, that’s a dream at the end of the week! I take a hot tub bath to start every morning and it helps get me moving with less pain.
Yesterday, I did a 13 km bike ride (mountain bike) in the nice weather while my husband roller-skied just behind me. (He almost kept up!) Biking increases the heart rate quite easily and quickly, but it is so much more enjoyable on an outdoor trail! That will probably be one of the last outdoor rides this fall because we are supposed to get snow flurries on Thursday! UGH!
I am so glad I’m not teaching school this year as I don’t think I’d have the energy to do the fitness activities I need to do, and I’d be very stressed out about everything. The cut in pay will all work out in the wash somehow. We’ll just have to do without some things and really watch our spending.
As the woman in the L’Oreal ads says, “I’m worth it!!”
Mother of Invention, packing my swimming bag for tomorrow's 8:15 a.m. class!