Fit as a fiddle

thDBHKNNTQIt’s great being retired.  I have so much more time to spend doing the things that I want to do.  If I want to spend the day at the library I can, if I want to go sailing, I can, whatever fancy that takes over me, I have the time, and thank God’ the money to do so.  What i never imagine or consider before retiring is how out of shape I will become.  Before I was busy and active.  As an actors I considered it my job to keep my body fit and attractive.  As they say the camera does add ten pounds.  As a retiree I seem to be indulgent and lazy.  As of right now, that is over.  If my name isn’t Nathan Schaefer I will get off my fanny and into some type of fitness regime.

First thing first, a check up with my doctor.  Once he gives the ok I will be ready to embark on the journey of a healthy lifestyle.  I am ready.  Away with the flab and in with the suave!

Physical complete and I’ve been given a clean bill of health, now its time to get moving.  I think the first thing I’m going to try is yoga with my wife.  For years she has been harping about all the benefits and how wonderful it makes her feel.  I guess now is as good of time as any to check out what she has been talking about.  I’m sure she is going to be ecstatic to hear this, I can’t wait to tell her.  Just as I thought my wife cannot wait for us to take a class together.  She must have wanted this more than I realized.  As soon as I told her she went to her closest and starting pulling out a mat, some clothes, and a pair of shoes just for yoga.  Who knew she has been saving all of these items for just this moment!

After I take a few yoga classes with my wife I also want to try Zumba and cross fit.  One of my boys regularly participates in a cross fit program and is always talking about how much he loves it.  How intense and rewarding it is.  As his father I can see the progress he made in it. Before he started he was at least hundred pounds over weight.  Now he is a lean, mean, fighting machine.  He has develop great muscle mass and definition, his endurance is a forced to be reckon with.  Just last week his friend’s pickup truck stalled and he pushed it seven miles to the nearest service station.  By himself while he friend steered. I have just one word for that: freakin’ incredible! Okay, that’s actual two.  That alone is enough for me to check out one class at the very least.

As I previously mention I have a burning desire to try  a Zumba class.  I love to dance, I love music, and all those beautiful women how can I say no?  Don’t tell my wife about that last part.  I think out of all three cardio classes I’m most exited for Zumba.  Every time that infomercial runs late at night I spend at least three hours just watching all those people have great fun. And I want to be one of them and dog gone it, I will.

I’m trying to think why I haven’t tried out any of these before.   All I can do is shrug my shoulders because I have no idea.  I guess for years I had a personal trainer.  The same personal trainer for twenty seven years in fact.  I guess with all that time we got in a comfortable groove.  Never really going outside what was already being perform.  Its like we lived by the saying, if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it!”.