I have previously posted about my efforts to lose weight, and I was able to drop from 236 in 2006 to 220 by October 2007. Alas, the holidays saw my weight creep back up about six pounds, and I decided this term to make regular visits to the gym as a way to combat my overeating and improve my health.
While I have been engaged in walking and light weightlifting, it would be inaccurate for me to suggest that my 6'5" self is anywhere near being "fit." My visit to the UT Rec Center this afternoon was a startling reminder that I have neglected exercise for too long.
I walked at a 4 mph pace on the inclined treadmill for 30 minutes, listening to the Pete Townshend album Empty Glass as I got my blood pumping. This fast walking caused my heart rate to rise between 130 and 150 bpm, and I worked up quite a sweat in the two virtual miles I covered. There are lots of cool statistics on the Matrix machine, including the estimation of 200 burned calories.
After getting off the treadmill, however, I realized that there is a considerable price to pay for neglecting one's cardiovascular needs. I was winded and disoriented, and I suspect that I should start with shorter walks on my next visits.
No need to induce a heart attack trying to shed another 20 pounds.
Anyways, for the twentysomething slackers who might be reading this post: middle age creeps up rather quickly, and I advise you to put down the potato chips and go for a long walk every day. One or two pounds a year adds up faster than you might think, and getting rid of excess baggage really sucks.