My typical Friday involves making final preparations for our worship celebration on Sunday. Last minute bright ideas - phone calls - stage set - charts in order, placed on music stands - tech station organized - tech elements tested. For me, it's not the end of the week but the beginning of the weekend. I like beginnings. They fuel my creativity and increase my overall excitement and energy levels. All in all, though, there's not a whole lot of physical activity involved in these tasks. If creativity and procrastination could be turned into a massive- amount-of-calorie-burning activity, I'd be really grateful - God???
Today I will be working out with friends at 8:15am at Fitness Together. We only have half a dozen of our prepaid sessions with a trainer left. Getting my body physically fit has never been so difficult, although, on our recent assessment, I improved in a lot of areas - my one-minute push-up test went up from 12 to 33. My bench pressing went up from 10@75lbs to 9@95lbs (don't mess with me!). Weight was about the same, measured in at 5 inches smaller overall, flexibility a little better, resting heart rate improved. This whole fitness deal is another beginning for me...beginning to live a different way, choosing to eat differently, making health & fitness a priority.
Earlier this week, I went to a "big box" gym with my sons. We took a tour. Listened to Ernest talk about the benefits of joining this particular gym. It wasn't a hard sell. My sons went ahead and joined. I sort of wandered through this maze of equipment and fitness-seekers, slightly depressed and terribly overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, smells of everyone trying to whip their bodies into shape. It was like I had discovered this whole sub-culture of society that I never dreamed existed. I thought I'd be more ready to join the gym. More eager to get started on a regular routine with 100s of others, treading, climbing, swimming, sweating, wolfing down ostrich jerky and drinking powdered mega-shakes, searching for my missing abs among the various pilates, yoga, and spinning classes.
How did our ancestors stay in shape? Did they have abs?
Evidently they did...