Oct 23, 2010 4:57 AM GMT
I've overcome numerous obstacles on the way to becoming fit. I'm not there yet, but I am getting there at age 53. I've had depression, back problems, fatigue, obesity and other issues. Each has required a long process of problem-solving and persistence. I spent years trying to find those who could help me with back spasms and sciatica. I found help from chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and a trainer. None of them had the complete answer, but all of them had a piece of the solution. In order to stop continuous weight gain, I finally had a gastric bypass and lost 130lbs two years ago. Now I am able to work out five times weekly, alternating between strength training and cardio; I do active isolated stretching each time. My racquetball game has improved immensely. Recently I found out that my metabolism had dropped, mainly because the gastric bypass requires that you eat fewer calories. I also had some testing done at my club and found out my anaerobic threshold was 104 bpm, very low. Anaerobic threshold is the point at which one stops burning fat and burns sugar drawn from muscles. No wonder I was fatigued with a brief workout. I now do cardio at 85-105 bpm and can do 45-50 minutes per session. What obstacles did you overcome on your way to becoming fit? What problems have you needed to solve in order to improve your fitness?