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Thoughts About Exercise

Friday, November 29, 2013

I got my new stretching DVD today. Last night after dinner, I sat on the couch for a moment before leaving the house with my family. An infomercial for the Fluidity exercise system happened to be on. I liked it because I like ballet. It looks a lot like ballet exercises. There is even a specialized barre included. I got the full price from their website. Because it's a bit pricey (I would get my Spark Tracker first), I decided to consider ballet exercise on DVD before investing that kind of money. I had Ballet Boot Camp on video but never got around to trying it before the switchover to DVD.

Fluidity does look terrific, though. I asked myself why it appeals to me so much. Then I realized that it's because of pain. Fluidity looks gentle and painless. It kind of reminds me of Callanetics of the 80s. I never tried that. It looked too boring when I was in my 20s. I bought Hip Hop Abs, but haven't tried it yet. Bought Karen Voight's stretching video which I probably will do tonight. I like walking, like swimming, and don't mind gardening. I don't like jumping around, high impact aerobics, moving my arms around a lot. That's because it induces pain in my neck and shoulders.

Now I am narrowing down what my problems are and what exercise I need to do. Now I know why I can't get myself to do a great deal of aerobics videos. I did some, but not much. When I did do it a while back, it was okay. The funny thing is, the more I do it, the better I feel, the less it bothers me. So I have to get going.

I figure I have to go back to basics, go easy. I got away from walking through a very busy period of my life, fell into the doldrums a little bit. But I'm sure that if I start walking, doing my more easygoing exercise DVDs, I'll work myself up to more and better exercise.

When I think about it, there is only three months out of the year that I cannot walk on the roads with ease. I usually start in mid-March (or as I say, "the third week of March" is my official starting point). And I have walked on pleasant days all through the winter in past years. Winter is just a state of mind in many ways. You can dress for it. There is a saying that there is no bad season, only bad clothes. That is so true!

Pain problems are why I don't do much weight lifting. I think this is why I haven't joined the gym in the nearby village, even though it is staffed by qualified personnel from a hospital. I used to keep a pair of 10-lb. dumbbells on the kitchen counter. I'd lift them for 10 shoulder presses almost every time I'd walk by. I might start that up again. That tiny bit of lifting won't hurt.

This is winter, and I'm going to put some strategies into place to triumph over the Old Man. I'm not going to be a couch potato just because I got a little rough start. Last autumn, my plan was to go swimming one evening a week, which is a 40-mile round trip. I might do that because I love swimming, but I might just jump on my treadmill instead on cold, windy nights.

The point is I'M NOT GIVING UP! It's time to get myself going. There isn't even any salt on the roads yet to get in our dog's feet. That poor guy needs to get out and sniff some more in the great outdoors with me. He's sensory deprived! He's such a good dog. There aren't many like him, that's for sure.

I don't mind working, I don't mind exercise. I love it when I can get to it regularly. I just have to get my life and determination in line with where my head is at, which won't be much of a problem!

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  • JACKIE542
    I am always looking for new exercises and things to do too, really like walking early in the mornings for now, but I do need to change things up every now and than. When it gets too cold or starts raining too hard I do have my elliptical and stationary bike, love dancing to my oldies too.
    Never heard of the fluidity exercise, think I will look that up. Ballet sounds very nice.
    In the beginning when I did not want to exercise, 10 minutes was a good starting point. Now I love getting out there. Also have my music to help keep me moving too.
    Your dog is a cutie, just like my dog Patrick, my husband takes him for walks because he stops and smells everything.
    Don't give up, I am also thinking about getting a tracker, everyone says seeing those lights, and getting all those awards is very motivating. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1638 days ago
  • KIM___
    My knees aren't the greatest so I bought a trampoline to 'run' on. I use it with my Wii running around town game (I forget what it's called, I think it's part of wii fitness). Running on a trampoline is like running through sand. A bigger workout than I thought, but less impact.

    Good luck with your less impact videos!
    1638 days ago
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