First... a bit of proof that there are wonderful people in the world. If you haven't see the latest thing Eddie Izzard has done, go read this. I'll totally wait. A private performance in lieu of a note. Talk about gifts!
Now then, back to the reason I'm posting ...
I love my Wii Fit. I do. I particularly love the way it tells me that my Wii Fit age is much closer to 25 than to 50 (unlike my calendar age). Today, I've confirmed that if it took the strength exercises into account, it would not say this. It would tell me that my Wii Fit age is well beyond 50. Sigh. And I used to think I was strong!
Walden and I have agreed to be Wii Fit buddies (anyone else want to play along?). We're urging each other to put in 30 minutes a day with our Wii Fits in an effort to get some exercise somewhere. It's not really a challenge, but hey, knowing she's working at it daily will encourage me to do so... and I'm hoping that knowing I'm at it will challenge her.
Walden is outing herself to the world with reports on her blog. So... I'm going to do the same until you and/or I get bored with it.
These things are much more interesting if there's a base-line, so we can come back later to see if any of this effort pays off.
Today, when I stepped onto the Wii Fit, it declared my Wii Fit age to be 38. This was greatly disappointing to me, despite it being a decade below my calendar age, as the last time I set foot on the machine it said I was only 30. At the beginning of my workout, Mr. Fit reported my BMI as 23.83. Deliciously, at the end (despite calling me older, which I blame on muscle fatigue) it reported my BMI as 23.71 (and my weight down by a pound). I'm aiming for a BMI of 22...
The Walking Test is what got me. I'm unbalanced (shut up). My right leg takes more weight than my left. It stems from some injury or other condition that means that my right gluteus medius periodically goes on strike. Among it's normal jobs? support things when I'm standing on one leg. We'll see this right leg problem again...
My thirty minutes today were spent thusly: 10 on Strength Exercises, 8 on Aerobic, and 12 on Balance. Tomorrow I'll shift it around, and spend a chunk on Yoga.
The following is likely to be dull to anyone who has no Wii Fit to play with, but might be fun for those who have one. It's serving as a record for me to look back on:
Rowing Squats (15): Score 86
Single Leg Twist (10): Score 80 (great job on one leg, not the other, guess which failed?)
Sideways Leg Lift: Score 44. 44!! sigh. that was 44/50 on the left leg and 0 on the right. (now can you guess which failed me on the single leg twist? Just wait til I get to those single leg Yoga poses... sigh).
Plank (first effort) Score 88 (a bit balanced toward the left here).
Tricep Curls at 20 reps
Arm Leg Lift: Score 73 (down 9 since last time :-( I wonder why)
Step - Level I. Scores 251 and 249. My personal best is 278. My kids trump me with 285.
Hula Level I. Score 203 (my personal best was 224). My kids -- well over 300
Ski Slalom: Beginner 39.96 and then 38.55 (my best was 33.68)
Advanced: 119.8 (my best 117.2)
Balance Board: Advanced -- 70 points... sigh... I missed 80 by one stupid ball. (best I've ever done though -- I've made it to the 8th level a time or three, but never cleared more than a very few).
So... Walden, my friend.... Are we competing? or just posting our daily times. I think I'll report time breakdowns, and notable achievements in improvements on.
Now then. I know me. And I know that to promise DAILY Wii use is to lie to myself. I'm willing to promise thrice a week, and will strive to do more than that. Once Thrice A Week is an established pattern, we'll up the ante a bit. I hope to meet Waldens' steadfast level soon.
In the mean time, I need to find some about-town knitting to do. Everything seems to have these bloody charts!