kettle bells and other junk
Monday, January 24, 2011
for some reason its warmer outside today but the house feels really COLD.
after doing my walking i worked with the kettle bells for awhile. added the 5th move on the tape--forget what its called but you swing the bell up until it flips upside down in your hand with your arm fully extended but your shoulder locked down (away from your ears). i can now do 2 sets of 10 basic swings with the 10 pound bell, but i am still using the 5 pound bell for everything else--until i internalize these movements better. there is a move where you let go of the bell with one hand in mid air and catch it with the other. not too bad until you miss and the 5 pound bell goes flying. oops. just glad it didn't land on the fireplace tile. you do need to be aware of what is in the path of these bells while you are working--if your grip slips or you miss a toss, things could become quite exciting. but it is a great way to work--your core engages like crazy and even a few movements can really get your heart and lungs working. for me, at my age, the key is working up very slowly. i can see how it would be very easy to injure a shoulder, knee or back if you went too far too fast. currently my goal is to work with them 3 days a week. and i am still in the "learning" mentality--not trying to push as you would in a workout. just mastering the movements.
in other news my mom called today to say that she and my dad really like the gentle "sitting" workout tape i bought for them. my dad has become a bit unsteady on his feet and his hand/eye coordination is slipping. cognitively he is fine, but when it comes to fastening a zipper you better have plenty of time on your hands while the deed gets done. i got them a dvd to try and see if they would use it and my mom said they really like it. he is working right alongside of her, so i am hopeful they will see some benefit fairly soon from using it. once they get proficient at the movements and the "idea" of following a dvd for exercise i will buy them the one specifically for "fall prevention" and "hand eye coordination". those creaky old neurons and synapses can get rejuvenated--just takes a little time and commitment.
and please, mother nature--can we see the SUN for a change? all these cloudy days are really getting old. i am glad my morning exercise routine is such a habit now, because honestly i have to force myself to do ANYTHING when the light is like this.