I’ve been feeling pretty good about trying to be fit so I can enjoy children, parent, grandchildren and every day for as long as there are children, parent, grandchildren and days to enjoy. My knees have recovered from their indiscretions with the treadmill incline, partly because of cross-training (more about that below!).
So imagine how pleased I was when my husband (who hasn’t yet decided how I should refer to him in these pages. He did suggest “Master of the Universe.” I was thinking about “Ralph.” We’re still negotiating) — when my husband (never “hubby”) had his eyes repaired.
Our ophthalmologist told us that we all grow cataracts after about 45, but husband-never-hubby’s a growth spurt last year, and he needed to have them removed. It was miracle science: for two Thursdays in a row he went to an out-patient surgery center where Doc operated for about fifteen minutes, removing cataracts, exploding and vacuuming out old lenses and inserting new plastic lenses.
Saturday he delighted me by announcing in bed that he could see my every strand of hair. Delighted? Yes, and appalled. If he saw every hair, what about every wrinkle? I used to look so smooth without his glasses!
All in all I do have to say, “The eyes have it!” But if you know about cross-training for skin, just share it right away!!
For the nonce, I’ll pass on this from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: I’m sure there’s a lot to it.I know there’s wisdom here. My knees needed a day off, but I didn’t. Solution: I added stationary bike with a little weight lifting (no lunges!) and some mat Pilates. It felt mighty good, got to some of those places I’d forgotten about and kept me from being bored, too!
- Opt for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times weekly as one component of your cross-training. Examples include walking, climbing stairs or skating. [or biking hehe]
- Perform strength training exercises twice weekly, although not on consecutive days. An example is lifting weights.
- Focus on flexibility as the third component. Examples that can be performed for five to 10 minutes daily include stretching or yoga.