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Weight Lifting - One Hundred Days - 013


If you are going to swim to get fit, make sure there are lifeguards & some medical facilities - especially if you are of more advanced years than your third decade!

If you aren't used to strenuous exercise, it's a good idea to check out the medical facilities available where you intend to stretch your lungs. Fit & healthy individuals have been known to have been struck down unexpectedly. I know there is a defibrillator at the badminton courts where I play, although I'm not sure yet who knows how to use it. However, in the club I play with there are several trained medical professionals, although I think the orderlies & nurses are probably going to be more use to me than the brain surgeon! Seriously, though, if you are over forty & haven't been used to exercising much, don't just try & relive your youthful achievements, ease yourself into it. I know four people personally who have had heart surgery - bypasses or stents, or both, in the last 4 months. None of them over 55, all of them generally healthy & reasonably fit. With three of them, it was genetic cholesterol that caused build ups in the arteries. All of them were unaware until they had a serious problem.

I find it very hard to ease back, so when I play, I do tend to go for it. Luckily I am reasonably fit, although I'm hoping to be much fitter soon. Also, I play a team sport, so there are always people around me when I exert myself. If you do solitary exercise, like running or swimming, please take precautions! The whole idea of taking exercise & getting fitter is to avoid nasty health problems, so it is ironic that doing that very exercise could cause some. But like most things, it's all about balance; don't go extreme on anything & it will all be alright. In case you hadn't realised it, I'm talking to myself, because I do tend to single-mindedly go over the top on something I'm concentrating on. Ah well, you don't get nowhere if you don't try!

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