It was perhaps inevitable that as I entered my mid-to-late forties I would become more conscious of my health and how it might impact my later years.
I see so many elderly people with their zimmer frames, wheelchairs and mobility scooters and I know that I don’t want to be one of them. I also know that not all of them have necessarily had a choice, but I want to do everything in my power to be a sprightly, strong, fit and healthy 80 year old. Maybe even a 90 and 100 year old. It’s not that I’m afraid of dying, but I am curious about the future and want to know what happens to the world in the next 50 years and I want to be an active participant rather than a bed-ridden observer.
My mother developed rheumatoid arthritis as she turned 50 and it terrifies me that I could be heading the same way. I see how she suffers daily and I don’t want that for myself.
I don’t even know whether exercise can prevent it, but I know that keeping mobile and getting strong can make it easier to bear.
It was that mindset that propelled me to Learn to Run in August last year and jump on the opportunity to try Move It from the pain last month. It would be nice if I lost weight, too, but mostly I want to be and feel strong and fit.
So how is Move It going, you may ask? Well, I have to tell you that I’m not enjoying it. While learning to run was hard, all it required was that I take myself out the door and run/walk my intervals as per the program. If I couldn’t finish my intervals, I still had to finish my walk to get home, so at least I managed to get some form of exercise three to four times a week. And I do enjoy getting out of the house. I mean just look at that photo. What’s not to love?
With Move It, it is much easier to say “I don’t feel like it”. And when you’ve reached failure point in any particular exercise, you basically just stop and feel sorry for yourself, because your muscles feel like jelly.
And then there is the pain. Inevitably, when you start using muscles you haven’t used in decades, you will feel pain 24 hours after the work-out and quite possibly for up to 72 hours afterwards.
But, as they say in the movies, if there’s no pain, there’s no gain. And if you want to get strong, like me, you just have to suck it up and deal. And the program is totally customisable to your timetable and lifestyle, so you can make allowances for the pain, like I have, and make sure that your life doesn’t become a giant puddle of daily pain.
Each week of the 6 week Move It program we got a new set of workouts for our Arms, Legs and Core. We were then told to allocate time for these in the handy-dandy timetable provided. It’s up to each person how many work outs they plan and how often they do them. When slotting in my workouts as well as runs, my week got very busy with exercise very quickly. But don’t fret, if you think you don’t have time. Each workout takes about 10-15 minutes. And even the busiest of us can find 15 minutes in a day for a quick Arms, Legs or Core workout.
I got sick in Week 2, so my training schedule went out the window for two weeks, but when I got back into it, I decided to combine my Arms and Legs workouts during the one session and then give myself enough recovery time, so that I wasn’t attempting my Core workout, or a run, while in pain. Call me soft, but that’s just how I roll.
You don’t need proper gym weights for the Move It program, you can use cans of food or water bottles, although this gets a bit tricky when you want to move onto heavier weights, as big drink bottles are hard to hold onto when doing some of the exercises. You could do the workouts at a local gym to get access to weights, especially if you already have a membership.
Don’t know how to do an exercise? There are links to YouTube clips for each exercise and the form of the YouTubers is much better than any gym employee I ever encountered. And I am a stickler to form these days, because I no longer believe I’m indestructible and am wary of injuries.
Will I keep doing my workouts once my program finishes? I don’t know.
If I had a little bit more money I would start going to Cross-fit or join a gym, because being strong is very important to me. But in the meantime, I don’t know if I have the motivation to hold myself accountable for every workout, which is something you get with every Operation Move program, in a private Facebook group. Zoey is amazing at calling you out if you haven’t done your workout and very encouraging, whether you’re struggling or smashing it.
I received a complimentary Move It program from Operation Move valued at $99.