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Sweatin' to the Oldies 2

Monday, June 30, 2014

Now that my back and knee have recovered from the latest arthritis flareup, I decided to supplement my aqua wellness class with some workouts at home. I have exercises I can do at home, but I wanted something to add some cardio.

My daughter sent me some YouTube links to some Yoga vidoes to try. I have some longer ones on my iPad, but these shorter ones are pretty good and have some that are tailor made for me (very stiff hips, etc). I mean, I can't even sit cross-legged on the floor!

So after adding some of those to a yoga YouTube playlist, I started looking around for some other workouts and found some Zumba ones, which made me miss my Wii Gold's Gym Dance (our Wii is not yet set up after our move and there's really no place in our family room to use it at this time due to smaller space). I liked the Gold's Gym because the music was familiar, unlike a lot of the Zumba tunes. So I started looking around more and stumbled on Richard Simmons.

Sweatin' to the Oldies 2. I had the VHS way back in the day and loved it. So I watched some clips, as that's all you'll find on YouTube and it brought back memories. Now, I want to do something fun that I will enjoy and I always enjoyed that one, with the music and the low impact moves. So I bought it on iTunes and did half of it today. I was really impressed with: 1. How much I remembered of all the moves
2. It's still fun to exercise/dance to those tunes
3. The exercise parts of the video are really good: we do a lot of the same moves in our aqua class!
4. He has heart rate checks at points during the session.
5. He uses people of all ages and shapes to exercise in the video with him. (I don't like exercising with a bunch of in shape people all the time! I want to see others like me so I don't feel so awkward and out of shape!)

I didn't appreciate all those years ago, how well crafted his exercise videos were. Warm ups, cool downs, and very well choreographed. Nothing drives me crazier than classes where the instructor isn't moving to the beat of the music or loses counts of the moves so you end up doing 20 on one side and 5 on the other (Leslie Sansone has a habit of this sometimes due to her endless chatter!).

So I'll have some fun dancing and exercising to some fun '60's music with good old Richard and crew in the comfort of my home on the days I don't have pool time.

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/1/2014 1:01PM

    I love the Richard Simmons videos. They bring back memories and are so much fun!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/1/2014 10:39AM

    Thanks for the reminder - I'll look him up.

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DIANNEYME 7/1/2014 10:26AM

    I still have the VHS tape kicking around somewhere too. That workout really was fun! I just got two of Leslie's workouts - Party Songs and Radio Remixes - and the perky, young, skinny, exuberant walkers with perpetual smiles on their faces drive me crazy!

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LYNNIERN 6/30/2014 10:37PM

    What fun!!

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FREECAL1 6/30/2014 9:45PM

  I still have the VHS 'sweatin' to the oldies one. I used to enjoy working out with Richard and the group. I'll have to see if they're available in cd.

Keep on with your exercize.

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Follow up to my Dr. Oz blog

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Great editorial letter from the Food Safety News about Dr. Oz and Dr. Mercola

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Aqua Class

Friday, June 20, 2014

I went to the evening class for a change and it was much more of a workout than the morning class. I ached a bit last night, which was good, but don't feel sore this morning. I think for the rest of the summer I'll do the Monday morning slower class, then do the Tuesday and Thursday evening faster paced class.

In addition to getting to workout three days a week, I also get to know more people since I'm new in town. So that works out great for me!

No I'm thinking I'd better get outside and try to do some mowing before the day gets too hot! Luckily the grass hasn't grown much in two weeks due to lack of rain. But DH is going back to Baton Rouge Sat. to work on the house and mow the grass there which is probably knee high by now!

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LIFEASMRSA 6/22/2014 1:12AM

    Aqua classes are fun :) I used to go when it fit my schedule

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NEWCHINELO 6/20/2014 6:17PM

    Well done!

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Updates on my life

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The detached apartment's ac broke: waiting for the repairman to come, which should be in a bit.
Woke up fighting off a migraine and I think I'm winning the battle!
Have already gone outside in the heat and pruned some bushes. The azaleas in the front yard were as high as my shoulders and over run with vines so after DH bought me a cordless hedge trimmer this weekend I started pruning them. Decided to go after them again today. They are about chest high now and a lot of the vines are gone.

Feels good to get out and do yard work, especially after being confined so much the past couple of months with that bad arthritis flare up!

AC man came and fixed the ac: capacitor was replace.
Migraine went away, thankfully.

Aqua wellness class went well. I'm doing much better with my back so I think I'll try the Thursday evening class tomorrow, which is a bit more vigorous, according to the instructor. It would be nice to have some variety and another option for class time in the event I can't make the MWTH morning class. Plus another chance to meet a few more people in this town I just moved to. It's nice living in a small town again after 26 years in a big city.

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ONTHEPATH2 6/19/2014 11:17AM

    Glad that AC is fixed. It certainly makes those hot days more tolerable! Way to get outdoors and tackle those azaleas. I am lucky if mine gets three feet high! We just started having an aqua zumba class at the Y. The sound of it intrigues me as I cannot do regular zumba due to knee issues. I will have to check it out!

Keep sparking!!

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NEWCHINELO 6/18/2014 5:16PM

    Good,you are feeling better!

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MISSLORI5 6/18/2014 3:54PM

    I'm happy you are able to keep active! Wow, your azaleas grow so tall! I think I planted mine in a bad spot, so it's growth is a bit stunted. Take care, enjoy your new home and hope the arthritis stays down! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATELJM 6/18/2014 3:22PM

    Interesting that going outside helps you fight a migraine. Our allergy seasons cause sinus headaches for me.

Glad you have an aqua fitness class near you. That's such a safe way to improve fitness.

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Dr. Oz versus Spark People: my humble opinion

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dr. Oz was called before the Senate today for a hearing.

"I am concerned that you are melding medical advice, news, and entertainment in a way that harms consumers, Sen. Claire McCaskill scolded Dr. Oz during the hearing.

About time.

He has a platform (his tv show and the media) to use to help people in an honest and good way, and yet he has allowed himself to help push products that are fraudulent.

From the above cited article:
McCaskill took Oz to task for a 2012 show in which he proclaimed that green coffee extract was a "magic weight loss cure for every body type."

"I get that you do a lot of good on your show," McCaskill told Oz, "but I don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know it's not true."

Oz insisted he believes in the supplements he talks about on his show as short-term crutches, and even has his family try them. But there's no long-term miracle pill out there without diet and exercise, he said.

End of cited article.

Will he stop doing this? For awhile he will. I wonder for how long though. Preying on people who are desperate to lose weight and will spend money on products that don't work...
Shame on him!!!

And thank you Spark People for providing this FREE Resource with all the well researched articles and exercises and recipes that are grounded in well researched and healthy ways to work out and lose weight!!! Yes, they have ads to support their website. But anytime there has been a questionable ad, all you have to do is contact them and they will look into it and remove it! Fame and fortune is not their business! Just my humble opinion.

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TJOHNOCONNOR 6/22/2014 11:25AM

    I was never a fan of Dr. Supplement. With a few medical exceptions to a minority of people. I believe the answer to health and nutrition lies inside each of us as individuals. We all have our own struggles but to many seek the path of least resistance, via the magic pill. When it came to health and nutrition, I will be the first to admit that I am a slow learner. Twice in my life I weighed over 350 pounds only to gain it back. None of the pills I took helped me or other people I knew who took them. Nothing beats a balanced diet and finding satiety within caloric parameters to maintain, or lose weight.

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ANNIE1114 6/18/2014 6:41PM

  I quit watching Dr. Oz after I realized that some of the things that he has on his show do not work.

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SARAHL817 6/18/2014 3:13PM

    I've always been upset with the way Dr. Oz hands out terrible advice and tries to pass it off as a legitimate medical opinion, even when he should know that what he's saying isn't true. I'm glad to see that someone is holding him accountable for it. (I don't know why anyone believes what Dr. Oz says about weight loss anyway, because he's a cardiothoracic surgeon and not a bariatric doctor, but whatever)

Thanks for sharing this and for pointing out that there are legitimate, free sources of information out there (like SP) that actually give you their research sources so that you can check out the information for yourself (that's actually one of the things I love most about this site - if I see anything I don't believe, I can check their sources).

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KATELJM 6/18/2014 12:03PM

    Thank you, Marcia. Now I don't feel guilty that I don't watch his show.

As in all things, whether on Dr. Oz or SP, each recommendation should be researched and assessed for accuracy, potential help and potential harm. A lot of products are promoted on the SP site as well.

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ONTHEPATH2 6/18/2014 10:21AM

    Wouldn't the magic pill be nice? Unfortunately it is so much more complex than that. It is more than just eating the right foods. There usually are underlying issues surrounding weight.

I used to love Dr Oz, but now just see him as one more of the infomercials. What we really need is someone to get down to the basics. A healthy mind, healthy eating and exercise.

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LYNNIERN 6/18/2014 8:43AM

    Don't you just LOVE those straight shooters from Missouri!

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AGAPEJOY 6/18/2014 1:33AM

    emoticon for the info. I never believed in diet pills anyway. He did introduce me to the Flat-Tummy Diet. If I do it right it works. Doing it right is my problem. emoticon

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SHARON10002 6/17/2014 11:20PM

    Thanks for the links and sharing the info.

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DIANNEMT 6/17/2014 10:14PM

    Yep--so glad you called him on this. I hadn't seen it before. I do know that he has been advertising the extracts--and they do NOT work.

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QUERIDAANA 6/17/2014 9:44PM

    Thank you for your informative post. I wasn't aware of Dr. Oz'practices of promoting questionable products. Now if I watch him, I will be vigilat instead of blindly dtusting.

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