Silver Sneakers (revised)

After going to physical therapy following my knee replacement surgery, I found myself dismissed by the therapist but not feeling completely back to normal so I decided to comply with my  care physician’s recommendation that I begin a regimen of exercise at a gym. I had lost my last excuse — that it was too expensive — when my Humana insurance company notified me that their new policy was to pay for gym membership at Lifestyle gyms. I went for my introductory three hours with a trainer after which I was advised to continue doing any exercises that I felt were helpful. I began to build up time on the treadmill but had a fear that I might trip as my father had developed something called drop foot which had caused him to stumble occasionally. Eventually, I learned that I could get the same knee workout riding the bike with less stress on the knee so I gravitated to that equipment. I still felt though that I needed some aerobic exercises so was interested when I heard about Silver Sneakers, an exercise program for people over 55. The first day I went to Silver Sneakers, I was completely lost, almost embarrassing myself with my inability to keep up with the class. After the class, I learned that there were both Silver Sneakers I classes and Silver Sneakers II classes. I had been in a II class. When I changed to the less challenging class, it was like Goldilocks — it was just right — and I attended two Silver Sneakers I classes per week for about six months. The classes met at different times on different days, one at 8:45 and the other at 9:45. One day, I somehow mixed up the times and showed up an hour early and ended up in a Silver Sneakers II class again. My first impulse was to leave, but fortunately I decided to stay and found that my stamina had grown to the II level. Since then I have been doing the more challenging class and feel so very healthy as an exercising senior citizen.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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3 Responses to Silver Sneakers (revised)

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    And you are going to keep at it Mr. Cooper? Good for you !

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