Just a few days ago, I was in my living room that I had turned into a private gym, gasping for air as I attempted to push my body in ways that it was reluctant to be pushed. I was stubbornly engaged in the activities, not accepting the ferocious resistance message that my body was offering me. Much to my body’s rather yelpy chagrin, I was making it do things that it put every effort in avoiding for years! Well, the work avoidance body was now being forced into walkout planks (which are actually easier than burpees), modified pushups, and a whole collection of twisty turny things.
What’s the point of having a human body if you don’t push it beyond the limits that you believe that it has?
You probably have a lot of questions right now. Like “how did you know which exercises to do to push your body beyond its limits?” “What motivated you to suddenly get into a exercise routine at your greatly advanced age?” And I’m sure that there are more questions.
The answer is that the sudden urge to get into shape struck just before Christmas. Normally, at this time of year, I am a dedicated couch potato. This year, however, I wanted to break the couch potato pattern.
My opportunity came when local fitness instructor Nichole Becker announced on Facebook that she was doing a 60 day fitness challenge.
“Who wants to join me?” Nichole asked.
Me. I wanted to do a 60-day fitness challenge. I didn’t even think for 30 seconds about it. I don’t know how much thought I could cram into a whole 30 seconds, but I didn’t think. I just impulsively decided that a fitness challenge was for me.
Nichole put together a small group, and she started the fitness challenge on January 4th. We do our activities virtually, either in live sessions with Nichole on Zoom or with exercise videos on YouTube. We started off with relatively easy workout sessions. Slowly, but surely, the exercises and activities became more strenuous. We are now really pushing ourselves. And it’s good. Except for a few days when my motivation level slipped, I have pushed myself to maintain the exercise program.
After a lifetime of avoiding strenuous physical exercise, what or who could motivate me to make such a change?
It was Nichole. She offers the right blend of pushing and encouraging to keep me focused on the exercises and motivated to continue, despite my body’s resistance. She is a coach and a personal trainer. She makes me believe that I can do it, that focusing on my physical fitness is my gift to me.
Today, I am aware that I have more stamina than I did just a month ago. I can see and feel improvements in my core and in my upper body. It is truly amazing. One more month to go in the challenge. And thanks to Nichole’s enthusiasm and her belief that I can do it, I feel excited to continue.