Being around all these young university students has giving me an inspiration to be fit. I’ve taken up running, playing basketball and doing pull-ups.
I don’t normally run because my ski knees would protest every time I do it. The difference this time is that I’m running on a squishy track surface rather than on a hard surface. I like squishiness! My lung and legs can only take about 10-15 laps around the track. Seeing people around me running and doing other sport activities really help me keep going. I don’t think I would run this much if I am running by myself, say, in a forest. I would end up walking.
The last time I played basketball was when I was in high school. I took it up again because it’s relatively cheap to get started. A basketball from Walmart costs me less than $3 CDN. There are also many outdoor basketball courts throughout the campus so it’s easy to find an empty court to work on my dribbling and shooting. Now and then I would play pick-up basketball with the locals. At this point, I’m not fit enough to keep up with them.
Hunching over a study desk for hours is not good for my posture. I accidentally came across an internet article talking about how good it is for the posture to do pull-ups because it strengthen the muscles of the back, the stomach and the upper body. I can see why. My whole upper body and arms were really sore the next day after doing pull-ups. My immediate goal is to do 3 sets of 6 pull-ups (moderate speed). Right now I can do about 2 sets.
Here’s my workout rotation. Day 1 run 10-15 laps on the squishy track. Day 2 play basketball. Day 3 run 5 laps on the squishy track and then do pull-ups. Day 4 – rest.
That’s about it for my exercise repertoire. I’m becoming more fit thanks to those young students. Enjoy the photos below.