The swimming pool in our condo building has been out of commission for nearly a year. We have high hopes it will be fully operational within the next few months.
In preparation for its opening, I have been thinking about triathlons, for some sick/bizarre reason. Here's a good summary at this link.
I have absolutely no intention of doing a triathlon as described at that site. My goal, instead, is to stay slightly active and to avoid serious deconditioning. So here is my plan instead:
Once a week, not back-to-back, I will try to do each of these things:
- Swimming. No way I'm swimming even a quarter mile. I can probably work my way up to doing 20 lengths of our pool (which is no more than 15 meters long), and eventually I will be able to do most of it not drifting slowly on my back.
- bicycling. Forget it. I don't have a bicycle anymore, and I don't want one. An electric bicycle doesn't count.
- jogging/running. Okay, maybe. If my knees can take it, my goal will be to do the 100-yard "dash" in under 20 seconds. Okay, 30 seconds. Maybe during some walks.
- walking. This is one of my favourite forms of exercise. How about at least one 5km walk each week?
- stairs. Since I live in a medium-rise condo building, doing a few flights of stairs every other day when I go to check the mail makes some sense. Maybe I can push this to doing the full twelve flights here once a week, again depending on my knees.
No charts. No achievement records. It's just that I know that if I can even approach these levels of activity, I'll be able to maintain a level of fitness that is adequate for me.
And if I actually achieve any of this, it'll probably put me above average, judging from this.
Self-reported vigorous activity also conflicted with accelerometer data, which categorized activity levels according to number of steps recorded. Men and women reported 20 minutes and 12 minutes of vigorous activity, respectively, on the questionnaires, but the accelerometer times were 2.9 and 2.4 minutes, respectively.