Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The last post

I have decided to close down this blog as it has run it's natural course.  I have found a gym that suits me, I have a really good personal trainer.  The rest of the time I'm working hard over at my allotment.

Thank you for visiting this blog but I'm afraid if I continue it will become very repetitive

You can still catch up with me over on my gardening blog via this link

Monday, 13 October 2014

A busy weekend - and a good start to a Monday morning

I had a weekend of what you might call "incidental exercise" as I kept busy the whole time and managed to fit in some gardening too. You can read about it here.

So here we are at the beginning of a new week and it begins for me today with a personal training session with Simon over at the gym. He was sick last week but I'm pleased to see that he is ok again now and ready to put me through my paces.

It's great that he can fit me in on a Monday morning - gets my week off to a good start.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Escape the heat and head to the gym

A change of season and the weather is getting pretty hot for outdoor exercise.

Yesterday was 32°C, so I am really happy that I can go to the air conditioned gym and exercise in comfort.  Although 'comfort' may not be the right word when you are lifting weights. But it's great to walk into a cool gym and feel your energy returning.

Simon is sick, and I was due for a PT session with him this morning so I set off anyway and worked through some exercises he had set me at the last session.

I have exercised each day this week over at the allotment, getting there early and downing tools by 10am. I've been working at clearing some of the old and woody vegetables that have served me well during our winter, and feeding the soil ready for the next planting. You can read about it here.

So I am looking at the best way to exercise now that we are heading into a hot summer. It will be over at the allotment at the crack of dawn when it is really pleasant over at the farm.

And hiding away in the gym in the heat of the day …. or lounging like a coach potato at home!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Guess who's paying for my Personal Trainer?

My health insurance of course.  I'll explain at the end.

I had my final PT session with Simon at the gym on Tuesday. I had pre-booked five private sessions with him and I have been really happy with the result.

Each session goes for 30 minutes and it's great how much we manage to pack in. This is mainly due to the fact that we will do 10 sets on say a leg machine, then move onto 10 sets with arm weights. We then repeat twice so that we do 3 sets of each exercise in total. This gives recovery time for the muscles without stopping as we exercise arms and legs alternately. Magic.

But. After this week's session I had to decide what to do next, whether I continue to exercise on my own or fund another five weeks with my PT. And they don't come cheap.

So. Off I trotted to my health insurance branch.  I knew that Simon was registered with my health insurance company so that I could claim a percentage of the five sessions I had already received and after brandishing my receipt they transferred the monies. Nice.

But that meant I had basically used up my extras benefit for a PT.  I dropped really lucky with the fellow behind the health insurance counter (Alex) who explained to me how I could alter my health insurance to really bump up the cover to continue with my personal trainer into the distant future. Great.

Alex (my new best friend) even managed to shave a bit off my premium.  How good is that!

"Hi Ho. Hi Ho. It's off to the gym we go!"

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Medley of Movement

This is what I've been up to for the last few days.  You could call it a Medley - or a hotch potch.

Last Friday I was a good girl and did my 'homework' over at the gym going over the exercises my PT had set me earlier in the week.  I woke up lacking energy that morning so I knew spending half an hour at the gym would get the blood pumping.

I love working those big machines. Pumping iron makes me feel like some sort of Super-Hero watching those weights at the end of the pulleys go up and down. (I know, it's sick.) By the time I'd finished I was ready to don the cloak, and fly off to save the world from invasion by other galaxies.  "Super-Granny".

But what I actually did was go to Coles for a bit of grocery shopping.

Saturday was rather slothful.

Sunday I was back at the farm for a mornings gardening.  It was my turn to open up the community tool shed for the other allotment holders. You can read more about it on my Allotment blog.

Monday - a day spent with two grandsons as we are in the second and final week of the school holidays.  We took the bus into the city and after trying out one of the sushi places we had a good walk around town looking for the best way to spend a few(?) dollars. Have you ever noticed how young children, who may have been dragging their feet, speed up when they see their prey!

Tuesday morning - I'm off for my session with Simon, my PT.

So there you have it - a really nice hotch potch.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Keeping up with the grandkids

If ever there is a good reason to keep exercising as you age that is surely one of the best.

Yesterday, my 6 year old grandson and I walked our little legs off.  We toured the craft shops (he's a great crafter) of Brisbane city. Then it was over the Victoria Bridge onto Southbank Parklands. There was a lot happening as part of the Brisbane Festival.

We came across this amazing bamboo structure.

Not sure how far we had walked, but we had been on the go for nearly three hours, with a break for morning tea.  The storm clouds were already brewing. So then we set off home.

A lovely morning.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Building strength in your 70's

Exercise of the day yesterday was a workout with my personal trainer.  We have been working together weight training for some weeks now and under his guidance I am now managing bigger weights as my strength builds.

I am not looking to be a body builder. Just working at improving bone strength, muscle strength which support my bones, and balance which is so important as you age.  We also work on back and shoulder muscles to help posture.

It took a while for me to settle with the right PT as anybody reading the first few posts in this blog will know. Simon is a qualified Exercise Physiologist and I feel it's much safer for me to work with him. We meet just once a week - I work on my own the rest of the time.

This blog post is sounding rather serious …….    On a lighter note - you'll look better in your clothes !