Today is the birthday of one of my gracefulfitness inspirations. My grandfather turns 92 today. He is an original “health-nut”. He discovered yoga in the 1950’s or so and has been practicing ever since. Nearly every morning he walks two miles. Sundays are golf. Mondays are water aerobics. Thursdays are yoga (except for the month in summer when he is at Chautauqua Resort, then it’s yoga everyday). He loves food and eats out many meals a week but keeps his weight in check with portion control and keeping a handle on desserts (he ADORES dessert so this is not always easy for him). I think a lot of people see the later stages of life as a time to indulge, thus neglecting their health and weight control as the effects of aging are inevitable. My grandfather sees this as a time when being diligent about fitness is non-negotiable.
And alongside this great man is a great women. While visiting my grandparents in late April I attended my grandma’s aerobics class. She uses 3 pound weights for the strength portion of class. Now, I haven’t been lifting lately but I have been doing lots of push ups and using my band so I thought I could handle 5 pounds. With my biceps burning I quickly downgraded to 4’s. 3 pounders probably would have been perfect. It was really high reps! And she attends class 3 times a week.
So, thanks Grandma and Zeyda, you are beautiful and inspiring examples of gracefulfitness! ( And thanks for the good genes!)
FRIDAY’S PUSH UP VARIATION CHALLENGE
Side Plank Push Up
- Complete one push up
- Shift weight onto right hand and right foot, making your way into a side plank
- Thread top (left) hand underneath ribcage while keeping your hips lifted
- Reverse movement back to side plank
- Slowly and with control move back to push up position
Adding the plank really increases the work for your abs, back, and deltoids and adds obliques into the mix.
I did 5 sets of 10 repetitions (each push up counting as a rep) and this variation is a workout in itself! Try it! To make it easier you can always come to you knees for the push up.
Thanks Rachel for this great recommendation!
My run for the day was about three minutes long and went from the bike rental stand to the hostel. But it was fast, I was trying to escape the pouring rain…it’s fine, I am still feeling pretty lousy I think today will be an easy activity day.