Feeling a bit sluggish about now, deprived of gardening for all these months? Me, too! But not as sluggish as I’d be feeling if I didn’t have THE PROGRAM. That’s what I call my ever-increasing compilation of exercises that a bevy of physical therapists has devised for me over the years.
Exercise for the gym-averse
See all my exercise toys? They’re cost under 150 bucks and with a little training in their use, comprise everything a gardener needs to stay fit – just add cardio. So if, like me, you’d rather not spend money on health clubs you’ll use for a month, or even if you DID go to the club you’d really rather not exercise with the sweaty young crowd there, no problem! Do-it-at-homers can get just as much done – with practically NO excuse for ever skipping a day.
So here’s my routine:
- Every single fricking day, right after reading my email and the NYTimes online, I get on the treadmill, with coffee mug in hand, for 45 minutes of fast walking. What makes this tolerable – nay, even enjoyable – is the television you see here, on which I play tapes of the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, an assortment of PBS shows and even the occasional network show (I’m loving “Modern Family”). Oh, and how can I forget Netflix? Good lord, what a great service! I’m currently racing through the fifth season of “Weeds”, thanks to those red envelopes of happiness.
- Also every day, I do a bunch of stretches and some Pilates core-strengthening exercises. (Once you’ve discovered your “core”, you’ll never want to go back to your old, slouching, flaccid-muscled state.)
- Every other day I use those dumbbells and stretch bands and that cool “therapy ball” to staunch the muscle-deteriorating trend that kicked in big-time in middle age. “Use it or lose it” turned out to be one of the better slogans from the ’70s.
That’s it. Plus in season, gardening my ass off, as we say in the GardenRant Manifesto. So what do YOU do to keep your boding from wasting away in the winter?
Photo above right: The view from the treadmill. The TV is mandatory, lazy cat optional.