It is amazing how easy it is to deceive yourself ... especially if you don't look into a mirror!
not just glance while brushing your teeth or combing your hair.
In an effort to keep my exercise program interesting and well balanced I finally opened a DVD set purchased maybe 2 years ago. Yes, yes ... 2 years! Sealed up in plastic just like new, it was.
I do this little mind game thing ... get stuff and own it ... and somehow believe that ownership alone is is enough to absorb the knowledge or benefit of the item without actually reading or viewing or doing the whatever ... in this case doing the exercises.
Anyway, the DVD is Stronger Seniors. Workout Program with Anne Pringle Burnell.
The cover stated - "Safe & Easy to Follow. Increase Stamina. Strength training for upper and lower body. Improve Balance." See what I mean ... no where does it say you have to actually DO this stuff.
Anyway, I need everything this DVD proclaims, so to avoid boredom with my regular routine, I decided to try this out. I broke the plastic on the DVDs.
The very first thing I noticed was that the 5 or 6 folks behind the instructor were old. The second thing I thought was ... I bet this DVD set will be too easy for me. After all, look at the participants. They will need a slow and gentle exercise routine, and I can certainly do more.
I launched into the first disk (Stretch). At first it was slow, but it picked up steam. And I kept up. Each disk was 60 minutes. The instructions suggested alternating these disks on separate nights. Well, of course, if you are older you need to alternate nights. Me, not so much.
On the first disk I noticed I was actually getting a work out. I pealed off my sweater. I was getting warm. I completed the 60 minutes pretty well - and it did target my upper body which needs more of everything.
I checked out the second disk (Strength and Balance). I needed both. I started the second work out. It was also a pretty good work out - using weights. I was using 3 pounds weights. I noticed some of the participants were using 4 pounds weights. (Heck - I don't have 4 pound weights. I need to buy those. In fact I will buy 5 pound weights. No one was using 5 pounds!!) But as the program proceeded, I noticed some of the movements were uncomfortable in my right shoulder. I backed down the routine to no weights on the right side. Of course, the DVD participants who were following the instructor (using 4 pound weights, no less) continued on with no apparent effort. *sigh*
Hmmm ... I am younger than those folks ... I should be able to do this with no effort!
Finally I moved on to the Balance section. I was starting to get tired. I was very sure the DVD folks must be tired too. Of course, they had their game face on, so I put my game face on (even though there was no one to see it but the cat.)
And then it got serious.
I am pretty good at balancing with two legs. (In September I wasn't good at balancing period. I used a walker and then a cane. Two legs now is a step up.) I am less confident with one leg. But I charged on with everyone else knowing I could do this. At some point I looked at the DVD participants ... you know ... the 'older' folks in the background. No one, and I mean absolutely NO ONE, was struggling with the balance portion of the program. They performed the exercises with steady feet and ankles, no support required of chair near by, and no swearing! Meanwhile, back in my living room, my feet and ankles gamely tried to keep me upright. They were wobbly, constantly adjusting to keep me from falling. My hands, that were firmly instructed to not touch the chair, did so anyway. And swearing! Lots and lots of swearing. The cat left the room!
I completed the second DVD. It wasn't pretty. And when I passed the bathroom mirror later in the evening, I noticed that the living room participant was ... well ... not in her 50s or 60s. Somehow my eyes blinded my brain to the fact I am older. Darn! How had I missed that!
So - ok! I will used these disks 'cause I apparently need them. I will admire those DVD participants who are able to do ALL the exercises with strength and skill (and no swearing.) And I will believe what the mirror is telling me - that I am a senior who needs to get stronger like the folks in the DVD.
I believe there is a biblical lesson about 'pride and falling' buried in this post! 😀
And, by the way, this DVD set is very good. I don't know why I waited 2 years to break the seal and open it.
That mind game about owning and not doing
may have had something to do with that!