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.