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Friday, August 7, 2009

Silver Sneakers.


One of the benefits of being on Medicare is that my supplemental health insurance covers a gym membership. It's called Silver Sneakers, which I assume is because if I had hair on my feet, it would be silver like the hair on my head! In any case, my health insurance became effective August 1st, so on Saturday I trotted my considerable out of shape carcass to the gym. I was all set to embark on the path to improvement. My journey was delayed because there was no one who could enroll me there on Saturday afternoon.
On Tuesday hubby and I went back to the gym. (Being older than I, he is already a Silver Sneaker (so to speak), but hadn't been going because of an injury sustained in a fall a while back. We were greeted with open arms, my enrollment was processed, and within a very short time we found ourselves in the Silver Sneakers class with around a dozen others of varying shapes and sizes. We did a series of exercises designed to improve mobility, flexibility, and strength, as well as cardio, under the instruction and watchful eye of our certified senior trainer--she's not a senior citizen, she's trained to train seniors. Whew! I feel like I'm getting off track here!
I emerged from the class feeling terrific. I was high on oxygen! Having spent the last 3 months since I retired either sitting in front of my laptop, or in front of the TV, I'm afraid my circulatory system may have stagnated. But all that marching in place, stretching and bending really got the old red stuff flowing through my veins, and I felt more awake than I had in weeks. On Thursday morning, we reported to the Silver Sneakers Class again and repeated all that activity.
This morning....I ache. My back, my knees, my left hip--all are reminding me that I'm not as young as I used to be! Well, I have the weekend to recoup, and then back to Silver Sneakers on Tuesday!

13 comments:

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

But soon you'll be super fit and healthy.

KARMINA said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Susan

http://ovarianpain.net

Vodka Logic said...

Good luck and if I had hair on my feet it would be blond like the hair on my head lol... only my hairdresser knows for sure

xx

Alicia said...

good for you!! and i love the name...silver sneakers!!!

Cunning_Linguist said...

Uh..... if there's a silver sneakers program in place why is it I go to the mall early and it's retired walking edition of NASCAR? Kinda freaked me out when I saw the "mall walkers" the first time. Now I just walk next to somebody who might be able to score a doctor sample of metamucil.

Jen said...

I was told seniors are "sneaky"!lol

Good luck.....

Eva Gallant said...

Cunning: mall walking is free and Silver Sneakers program costs money unless you happen to have a health insurance plan that pays for it!

Lovae "retired walking edition of NASCAR"!! lol

Steph Jordan said...

Hi Eva. What fun! glad I stopped by. And thanks for stopping by my blog. Come back as often as you like! Did you enter the contest that ends today? Thats a lot of fun. It's contest #3

Well glad to meet you. Have a colorful evening
Steph
www.diviacity.blogspot.com

mzbehavin said...

hey, Eva..............
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your nice comments! I enjoyed your gym tale, and like your easy writing style...... So I must stay.....! ( maybe you'll inspire me to get off my butt, too!!! )

although the lure of the unopened Oreos, the waiting blogs, and my couch, are all pretty great....

Meeko Fabulous said...

Good job Ms. Eva! It's very important to stay active no matter how much we ache afterward! :)

classroomconfessions said...

Hey!
Thanks for the kind words on my blog!
I can obvioulsy relate to the workout pain :( Keep it up though! That euphoria you felt on the first day will return!
:) Camile

Ann said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Blogging helps keep me sane...=)

I am loving your blog....you have an awesome sense of humor.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, I love this : ) My Grandma lived in a retirement home at the end of her life and I used to LOVE her exercise class. I think that is very exciting. Good for you! Way to go!