Between New Year's Resolutions and spring weather, a lot of
people spend the first part of any new year thinking about
getting fit. Sadly, statistics show that by February 1st of any
given year 92% of people are no longer engaged in their New
Year's Resolutions! And weight loss--thus, getting fit--tops the
list of resolutions.
Luckily, spring weather usually offers people a second
opportunity to think about getting fit. The thought of how one
will look in summer clothes (think bikini and swimming trunks)
gets people motivated all over again.
I know this happened with me! The spring weather had me out
mowing the lawn, weeding, moving hoses... and panting like the
last horse in the race! So, having been in the Marines in my
youth, I decided to set myself up for a self-created Boot Camp!
Boot Camp: Can You Say Ouch?
What does boot camp look like for a 76-year old man? It may not
look like the Marine Boot Camp I did in my youth, but
nevertheless it is rigorous. In addition to the yard work
inspired by spring, my Boot Camp involves:
I had my wife measure my body before I began. I then set out to
follow my program intensely and fully for two weeks. I decided
two weeks was the optimum time to see whether the Boot Camp was
the correct level of intensity.
- daily workouts on my Total Gym
- weight lifting with free weights every other day
- full yoga program on days with no weight-lifting
- light yoga daily
The first three days, my mind was filled with this question: What
was I thinking?
Yeah, can you say ouch? I expected there to be plenty of muscular
soreness, but thought that I could alleviate that with the yoga.
Unfortunately, I forgot that when you have not done a full yoga
program for a while, that even the resting poses (such as down
dog) don't feel restful at all!
Natural Solutions That Help
Luckily, being a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and a life-long
student of health and nutrition, I was able to dig through my
cabinet of natural solutions and come up with some supplements
that would support my body as I went through my self-created Boot
Liver Support: Since the liver governs tendons, ligaments, and
muscles, I added a gentle liver support supplement to my daily
More Stretching: I realized that my full yoga program was a bit
much to do every other day, as some of the poses (such as the
full regimen of Sun Salutations) were straining certain muscles
and tendons/ligaments that were already tired. I replaced one of
the days of full yoga with a gentler stretching program.
More Sleep: Never one to sleep a great deal, I have discovered
that sleep is a wonderful natural solution for helping the body
recover and recoup energies expended through extensive exercise.
Cellular Support: Since my Boot Camp was asking my body to build
a bunch of "new" muscles and enhance my current body structure, I
also decided to add a natural supplement to boost stem cell
The results? At the end of two weeks, with the addition of the
above-mentioned natural solutions, I am ready to expand my Boot
Camp regimen. I am excited that at age 76 I am able to do these
physical exercises. No, I can't do pushups Marine-style
anymore... but hey, at least I CAN do pushups. I am thrilled!
How about you? How are you going to renew, refresh, and
rejuvenate your body this year for health and happiness?