Success Stories: Harold
My Physical Activity Routine/Program
Most days, I start with stretching. That's mostly to keep me in touch with what I can or can't do that day. Then typically I'll go down to the gym in our building and work my biceps, triceps, quads, hamstrings and stomach muscles. I may swim for 10 or 15 minutes for the aerobic part. In my case, since I want to get my heart pumping, I swim vigorously. Now that I've started teaching tennis again, I may skip the gym on days I teach. And several evenings a week I try to play tennis with my wife.
How I Do It: My Routine
Why I Started
After my physical catastrophes – high blood pressure, surgery for prostate cancer, hip replacement – my mental state was fragile. I'd never worried about my body because I'm an athlete. But when you can't move, it's extremely depressing! Once I decided to go through with the hip replacement, I started developing my leg muscles – quads and hamstrings – so my recovery from the surgery would be better. That ended up being a good thing, because the physical therapist said I recovered faster than most.
Now, not only can I walk but I can run – like a little kid again!
I want to live a little longer. I want to feel good. I love life and I want to be engaged in life. Both my brothers had strokes and one is gone – and they're younger than I am.
Now that I'm older, my weight zooms up very quickly. I've just lost 10 pounds, but for about a year it looked like it was never going to change.
Greatest Achievement/Biggest Thrill
I've been able to play tennis against some of the same people I used to play 5 to 10 years ago. It took a couple weeks, but now I'm actually winning games.