Angela Otts

It’s hard to exercise without aches and pains. I’m working out twice a week and it takes the days in between to feel revived. I should have started an exercise program when my muscles and bones were younger.

But I’m at it now although I can’t get my arms behind my back or up in the air too far. I have my Tylenol and a pain-relief lotion handy.

I certainly feel energized when I complete the session. It’s a day or two after that my body falls apart. If exercise is supposed to keep you healthier or let you live longer, this is a heck of a way to go….a lot of moans and a creaky body.

But I’m dedicated. I’m staring another birthday in the face, and the number is pretty big.

I’ve come to the realization that I can’t completely remake myself but maybe I could firm up the excess. I was thinking the other day that maybe I should accept myself as is. I won’t become a “new” svelte person, and all the pounds and wrinkles are who I am.

I guess we go through that most of our lives, or least I do. I don’t think there’s a really thin person inside of me somewhere. If she’s there, she’s doing a pretty good job of hiding herself.

No, I just want to continue to be mobile. That’s all I can ask at this point in my life. I still want to have butter pecan ice cream on a semi-frequent basis.

Many of my friends are amazed that I’m working out with a trainer and doing squats, planks, push-ups, sit-ups with weights and other perspiration generating maneuvers. I am too. Walking used to be my hardest exercise.

I plan to take up swimming or water aerobics again. It’s easier on the bod on the off days of my exercise regimen. I have to find my swimming suit or buy a new one. That is the most gut-wrenching experience I can have…seeing myself in a swimming suit. Coverage is the need at my age. There’s a lot of bumpy surfaces to contend with.

Mondays and Thursdays I’m at the fitness center. If I can do it, you can do it. Get that youth in your step. You might be limping but it will pass.

The golden years might be golden, but expect some rusty spots. Your muscles will tell you where the rust is on a regular basis. I think, eventually, the rust will be cleaned up a bit, but I’m not completely sure.

That’s what I keep telling my trainer!

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