As mentioned over at the retirement thread, I have just taken the retrenchment package and plan to take 3-6 months off to rest, catch up and generally enjoy life……
One of my goals in this period is to try and get back to some level of fitness. I am now 52 and my yearly medical puts me in generally okay / good health – cholesterol is okay, treadmill stress test is okay, blood pressure is slightly high but still in the normal range, no diabetes, cancer etc markers found….. The one thing is that I am overweight.
We have membership of the local country club and so I have access to their gym and Olympic sized Swimming pool. Yesterday I went for the first time – but never having been a gym person, I had no idea where to start. I ended up doing about 15 mins on the treadmill (gradually and manually increasing the speed) and then 10 mins on a exercise bike (again manually increasing the resistance). I then did 10 laps of the 50m pool.
I would welcome any guidance on what to do in the gym, how long for, how often how you do etc etc. At the moment I am looking at doing 2 or 3 days a week with the plan of gym then swim, then lunch….. I am not looking at increasing muscles and so not interested in weights – aim is to increase general fitness and lose a little weight. I also have absolutely no interest in taking up running and would like to confine to gym / swimming.
Over to you…….