After reading the title “Keeping a Trim Waist” a common retort would probably be, what waist? As we all know shifting weight from around the middle is difficult if not impossible as we age.
I haven’t thought about a trim waist in years but I suddenly thought about it yesterday when we left the marina at Abel Point and sailed across the Whitsunday Passage. The wind was whipping up a rough sea and being a yacht we were being tossed about a fair bit and I was reminded of something our son’s partner said a few years ago.
Due to pressure of work we were unable to sail our last boat full time and when our son expressed a wish to go sailing we offered our boat. He and his partner Gretta sailed it from the Gold Coast to Cairns. Gretta wasn’t mad about sailing and in the event they gave it up when they reached Cairns. However she did say that one good thing about sailing was keeping a trim waist.
She explained, quite rightly, that when sailing especially in choppy seas you never sit still, and when I thought about it I understood what she meant. On our last boat, the one Aaron and Gretta sailed we had a long bench across the stern that we used as a steering position, you could brace your legs on the coaming on either side and hey presto, instant waist trimming exercises. It also gave the legs a bit of a work out as well, after a few hours you knew all about it!!
These days we tend to use the auto-pilot which steers the boat for us, however you still need to be on watch so the seat at the helm is the logical place to be. On a day like yesterday your body is constantly flexing to stay balanced so it can be a real workout. Add to that going up and down the companionway steps to make tea and coffee and it is as good as going to the gym.
After getting our anchor down at a very pretty anchorage called Macona inlet we decided against going ashore since we felt we had done quite enough exercise for one day. Mind you a glass of wine and cheese and biscuits at sundown probably undid all the good work.
I should imagine horse riding is pretty good for keeping a trim waist; it can’t be unlike sailing in the sense that you have to stay in your seat while the horse is moving. Years ago when we first got married we went on a pony trekking holiday in Scotland. Looking back now I can see why we were so exhausted, of course in those days I did have a waist and with the arrogance of youth thought I would have it forever.
As I write this the wind has got up so we are moving about a bit even on anchorage, it’s good to know that even sitting down I am still working towards keeping a trim waist.