Physically I’ve always had my ups and downs. I suppose it all depends on what’s going on in my life that would allow adequate amounts of physical activity. Most of my physical activities are done in the summer and the least amount is done in the winter. That’s not to say that I don’t get a little here and there all the time. Most of my cardiovascular fitness is done in the summer, whereas any other exercise I might have is done mostly other parts of the year. Currently I don’t have many strengths as opposed to weaknesses as far as physical fitness is concerned because I haven’t been active very much since high school.
You could say I’ve been pretty lazy. If I were to say that I still had any strengths left, they would be anything having to do with anaerobic exercise. Perhaps such things as lifting weights for a short period of time I may still be able to do pretty well, but as for running a mile or so, I don’t think I’d be able to do it as well as I used to. My activity background isn’t very extensive other than a required physical education class throughout grade school. However in middle school I played on a soccer team recreationally for a year or two. In high school I really started to become aware of my physical condition and myself.
I began to get tired easily and my muscles always hurt. I was horribly out of shape. So in ninth grade I decided to joint the wrestling team. And every winter form ninth to twelfth grade I was always in the best shape ever. Wrestling kept me fit, flexible, and feeling good about myself. Since then, however, I’ve been very inactive. I spent the past summer and fall trashing my body by getting inadequate sleep, and partying way too much. When I signed up for this class I had made up my mind that enough was enough and I needed to get back in shape. I guess I scored so poorly on the fitness tests because I haven’t been very active.
But I hope to change all of that for the better. I want to get back what I once had. I had strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, and self esteem. And I know that it won’t be an easy task getting it all back. But I plan on working hard to achieve any short-term goal I set for myself physically and maybe even hope to surpass it. To get my endurance, strength, and stamina back, I plan on lifting weights to ensure muscular strength as well as endurance. For stamina as well as endurance a regular cardiovascular workout will be required several times a week.
I plan on running as much as possible during the week so that I can get myself back in shape. As far as flexibility goes, I plan on doing various upper and especially lower body stretches before and after every workout and hopefully in time I’ll be able to become as flexible as I once was. I realize that it will be a long and arduous road ahead to attain the results that I desire. But I plan to put my best foot forward and work as hard as possible to really get what I want not only out of the class, but in general as well in relation to my physical goals.