What I've Done Thus Far Today:
-- Worked Out in the Condo Gym
In case you're curious, here's the Warm-Up I did today, as designed by my trainer:
500 meter row
Side lunges-10 a side
Body weight squats-20 reps
Bird Dog- on hands and knees extend the opposite arm and leg until straight-hold for 1
count-then repeat-10 reps a side
Plank on BOSU or stability ball-hold 30 seconds-1 min
Shoulder mobility on the Stability ball-thumbs down and go behind head and swoop back
to the start-5lb-10-15 reps
Squat w/ 1 arm cable row-squat first then pull as you stand-keep your shoulders back
and push through the heels as you stand-15 reps a side
Reverse lunges (12-15lb)-hold a dumbbell at your chest (hands on black sides)-15 reps
Up and overs on the rower-keep the weight in your heel-10-15 reps a side
1 min row-as fast as you can
Lateral jumps-2 there-one back-6-8 reps a side or just normal lateral jumps for 15 reps
Single arm chest press on BOSU or Stability ball-keep hips up high and your abs tight
(10-15lb)-12 reps a side
Reptile abs in a plank position-keep 10 reps a side
Kneeling triceps extensions on BOSU-keep your shoulders back and abs tight
(10-12lb)-12 reps side
Dumbbell deadlifts-nice flat back as you go down-be sure not to look down or your
shoulders will round-think about hinging from the hips and letting the knees bend a small bit at the bottom (15-20lb)-12 reps
Dumbbell wide plie squats tapping the weight to the ground each rep-feet wide and toes
turned out to 45 degrees (20-25lb)-12 reps
1 min run at incline 5 speed 5 mph
Vsit med ball core rotations on floor or bench-knees in the air and pull the deep core
muscles in while you rotate (8lb)-10-15 reps a side
-- Measured and Mixed my bread dough. . .
What I'm Doing Now:
-- Well, Duh, Writing this Blogpost. . .
-- But I'm Multi-tasking, doing the writing in the half-hour periods while my bread dough "autolyses," and, later, while it rests (again for half an hour, then an hour) in between my folding it. .
What I Hope To Do Later:
-- Write for an hour on my long-form project.
-- Spend 10 or 15 minutes on my German practise (Duolingo) and 5 or 10 on French.
-- Book the bus to get us from Lyon to Strasbourg a few weeks from now -- there's a very good chance SNCF (French train system) is going to let us down thanks to a job action which will render our train tickets useless. . .
-- Get more serious about packing, now that our flight is less than two weeks away. . . So far, I've begun putting aside likely garments, but it's time to start making some decisions. . .
-- Run a few errands: pick up a travel adaptator to replace the one I left in a socket in Paris; restock my favourite loose tea; and check out a travel yoga mat or two (my daughter recently qualified as a yoga instructor, and hopes to lead a few "classes" for family when we gather in an island waterfront house in Croatia next month).
Would you believe this list is not complete? Of course you would! You have equally long lists of your own, I'm sure. By now, you'll probably have noted that everything on my list today is a voluntary activity, some of them indulgently creative. I'm very fortunate, I know. But still busy, right?
So now, if you're willing, you're very welcome to share your list for today or give a rough idea of your typical Random Day. If retirement's still only a dream for you, perhaps you might tell us whether any of this list resonates with you or whether, instead, you're quite sure your retirement days will look quite different.