Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chapter Two Recap of Regaining the Power of Youth

Chapter Two: Strike, Strengthen, and Stretch

Striking--means exercise with impact. Impact builds bones. Good striking exercises include jogging, tennis, volleyball, aerobic dance, canoeing.
Women do not build bone as men do so women need to do weight lifting with high reps as well as heavy weight lifting with low reps.

Strengthening: Strength work should be combined with aerobic work. This is called the Aerobic-Strength Axis. It is vital to battle the body's inclination with age to use oxygen less efficiently. Sedentary people lose aerobic power at about 12% per decade and endurance athletes lose at about 5.5% per decade. (Over a decade, that's a loss difference of nearly 50%.)

As one ages the ratio of aerobic/strength workouts should change, more strength conditioning as one ages. For my age group--51-60 years, I should be doing 60% aerobic and 40% strength conditioning. The ratio works out timewise for me as this--for every five hours I work out, I should be doing three hours of aerobic and two hours of strength. (Tentatively, that means on SunMThFSat I should aerobically work out four of the five days for 45 minutes. And on MTFSat I should lift weights three out of the four days for for 40 minutes. Don't even ask me to explain why I chose the days that way. My night work schedule is screwy.)

Stretching: Importance of stretching is reinforced, in order to decrease injury and to aid in activities of daily living. I will use yoga for my stretching.

Snow pictures

I read that there is snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states.
I know snow is enough of a novelty here in Texas that I should post some pictures from our January snowfall--all five inches of it. But the most noteworthy thing is that it is still there, four days later. It has been cold here. Cold.
WonderHusband and I took a lovely walk the day of the snowfall. Very quiet and quite romantic as well.

View from the front door at 12:45 pm, and two hours later:

View from the back door at 12:45 pm and two and a half hours later:

We bundled up about 230 pm and went for a walk:

(not a very attractive picture of either one of us, but here goes:

and a view of the creek at the end of our street:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Home Goals

A post on The Inspired Room was timely for me--with the granddog and grandcat and daughter/SIL moving out, our house is finally our own, for a while at least. I never say that with a sense of finality, because I don't ever want to close the door to my kids. They know they are always welcome for a visit or a stay if need be.
Do you sense some sadness? Yeah. A bit. Okay. A lot.
Thank heaven I have grandbuddy twice a week, and blessed Sunday dinners.
The 2011 Home Goals--
Per The Inspired Room:
1. "Say goodbye to the swine".
This refers to her hate of the paint colors she has currently. For me, that translates to changing the things that you dislike most about your house. And, wow, I'm gonna have to think about that a while. Cuz I really like my house.

2. "Make changes to how we use the space we have, so we can function more efficiently."
This one definitely applies to us. Our use of the house is changing--our daughter moved out, the cat with her, and grandbuddy is here two days a week. We have all ready moved his crib into the middlelittle bedroom with a rocker, (my childhood one)and my dad's little desk. We have plans for a daybed with a trundle for guests, and later, for big boys and girls that can sleep in a regular bed. We have plans to add a wall of storage with a desk for the sitting room as well.

#3. "Love living in our home."
No problem there. We love our home. I do think we would like to share our home more, though. Dinner parties, having friends over for a movie or a visit. More of an open door.