Today is my first day back with working with weights and they sure do feel heavy. I am working my chest today and started out with a 300 lb. bench press and was barely able to get 10 reps up. Just 3 months ago I was throwing up a 350 lb. bench press for 3 sets all over 12. I am sure it won’t be long until I am back to where I left off, but in the nature of taking it easy I will balance my efforts to try to remain controlled and learn to accept “good enough”.
This is no easy feat as it become so easy to compete against my last workout, but it is something that I will have to accomplish. If anything I want to be toned not big. I want to maintain a level of muscle strength that will lend a hand in the process of getting older in a healthy way. Just get into it, knock out a few sets and get out all within 30 minutes. Done.
The issue here is not that of looking good although I certainly like looking healthy, it’s about getting my blood sugars numbers down, trimming this 36″ waist and restoring a level of energy that can only be accomplished through exercise. My mind has been getting sluggish and my posture is slouching. Getting old gracefully means that exercise has to be performed on a daily basis. It doesn’t have to be crazy competitive exercise, just exercise.
So the question now is what is good enough. I know that I have reached points in an exercise where I was stuck at a particular weight forever but through increased effort I was able to pass my limitation of weight. I remember when I thought I was only capable of bench pressing 200 lbs but pushed and pushed until I was able to move up a few lbs. at a time. I think good enough would be learning to accept the weight your working with and forgetting about that extra push. If I am able to comfortably perform 2 sets of 12 reps at 300 lbs. then this can become my normal routine. It means I have reached a peak and it’s OK to accept that peak rather than fight it.
I shall call it preventative maintenance. In just 10 years I will be 65 years old and will be welcoming retirement. In most other aspects of my life I am making progress as far as paying off my home and saving for retirement. I have dreams of traveling the country with my lovely wife in a motorhome and dream about seeing all of the wonders of this country. There is no guarantee’s in life but if I am not taking to proper steps right now to prepare for a healthy retirement then what good would all of the other efforts make. And even if I end up dealing with a disease one day wouldn’t it increase my chances of survival if I am the healthiest I can be?