It’s 4:00 am. I’m running down Broken Arrow Drive and into the full moon. I am not surprised, but delighted, at the way my body is responding.
Here I am, 75 years old and moving like a teenager. I am gobbling up road tar and celebrating every heart beat.
I’ve been doing this since my unceremonious arrival to the desert in August of 2017.
I am on no prescription medications and I have no physical limitations. So far.
I’m thinking that if I’m in such good shape now, chances are great that I will survive until my eightieth birthday.
Which raises the question: How do I want to do it?
Do I want to limp over the finish line, or run right through it?
No question there.
So what’s my plan?
First, I want to make sure I get enough exercise in my daily regimen.
That includes resistance and cardiovascular training. Strong bones and a healthy heart.
Can’t go wrong there.
My program will need two components to be successful: adherence and sustainability.
I will do my cardio, running, biking, first thing in the morning as I have always done. It will wake me up and clear my head.
I will do my resistance training later in the day after my body has warmed up and I have had adequate nutrition.
I will train upper body one day, lower body the next and take the third day off to recuperate. No “Gym rat splits” for me, I want to look like a man, not a bouncer.
Nutrition is key. You can run and jump all day, but if your nutrition is off, you’ll be wasting a lot of your time.
Maintaining my current weight (170 at 5’11) is critical for obvious reasons: diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure. Cancer, of course, is a wild card.
Sleep. This is a head nodder to most, but critical to the success of any sustainable program.
When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel weak and tired and you make bad decisions.
Plan your sleep like you plan your taxes.
Try to include some form of meditation or relaxation techniques. The world is crazy and you need to be present and accounted for. Ooooohhnmmm!
Flexibility: Staying loose and limber will keep my back spasms at bay, and avoid possible headaches from over training. (To that, I plead guilty)
Balance exercises : This is something older folks especially have to start to focus on. As we age, we start to lose our balance and when we fall, a cascade of terrible things can happen.
Our brittle bones betray us and we become dependent on mechanical devices and other people. Pain is bad enough but who needs the guilt?
That’s my plan. If I go tomorrow, it’s been fun, but if I get the chance to hang awhile, I want it to be on my terms not the staff at some nursing home.
If you have any questions or need some advice, reach out I’ll be glad to help.
Can you spell octogenarian? 🙂