Apple Fitness+ Was a Big Help for My Weight Loss
I recently wrote about my long path to lose the weight I had gained before retiring. As I said there, part of my success came from exercising more than I did when I was working.
I have always found time for exercise and was never in really poor shape, but I wasn’t doing enough to stay in really good shape. It didn’t help that I was a smoker until 1995, and the long hours I spent driving to my customers who were scattered all over New England added to my sloth and my dad bod.
Most of my exercise was simple things like walking, pushups, calisthenics, that sort of thing, with an occasional visit to the gym. Those at least kept me from obesity. Then, shortly after I retired, Apple announced Fitness+ and I added that to my workouts.
Too hard for me
I had a hard time with the workouts. I wasn’t flexible enough, my endurance was poor; I found the workouts too hard. I tried, but began to do them less and less and eventually they slipped out of sight and out of mind. I returned to my own stuff, though more frequently because retirement gave me the necessary time. These did let me slowly trim my bulging waist. I was able to put my 34 inch jeans away and move to 32's.
Recently I found that I was stuck at a plateau of 157 pounds and could not move below it without starving myself. I like a 12–14 hour daily fast, but I do not like being hungry all day!
So I started up Apple Fitness+ again and I’m glad I did. I’m still doing my walking, pushups, and all that, but now I fire up Fitness+ three times a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. No extreme food reduction!
Suddenly not so hard
To my surprise, the workouts seemed easier. I don’t think Apple made the workouts any lighter, though they do have an Older Adult section and I found those are quite easy (at least for me), so I switched to the “real” workouts.
Those “normal” sets can be challenging. I sweat, my heartbeat gets up there, and I “feel the burn” often. I’m usually using the same weights the lead trainer uses, and sometimes more. I’m enjoying these workouts!