I want to be a healthy person. I don't want to gain more weight. In fact, I'd like to lose a few pounds. But at age 50, it becomes more difficult to not only lose weight but to remain toned. My muscles seem to be turning to jelly. Everything sags. My muscles jiggle. I can feel that I'm losing strength and stamina. And I don't like it.
I am very busy. By the time I end each day at my job it is often all I can do to get home, walk the dog, make something to eat, and wander off to bed. The lack of time and energy is my biggest excuse to avoid exercise.
My second biggest excuse is cost. My budget doesn't allow a gym membership. Besides that, I don't want to work out around people. I am not a social sweater. I want to sweat in private.
Those reasons to avoid exercise are excuses. I know it. You know it. We all know it. There are quick, easy and inexpensive ways to get some exercise, at my age and at home. I'm going to share three of my favorites with you.
WalkingI have always been good about parking a little farther from the front door of a store. Or walking the dog farther than I have to. The nearest bush for the dog to potty on is about 12 steps from my front stoop. Instead of walking those 12 measly steps, I always make sure I walk him to at least the end of my parking lot. I have no excuse for not walking a bit more each day. Walking is free. However, I should be walking around the entire block. At least.
|New Balance Women's Walking Shoe|
Hula HoopingI enjoy hula hooping and now that I have my own grown-up hoop, I have no excuse for not hooping. I'm not very good at it. But it is a great aerobic exercise and excellent for strengthening my core. It is also a lot of fun. It doesn't seem as though it would burn calories but it does.
"An average woman can burn about 165 calories in 30 minutes of hula hooping, and an average man can burn about 200 calories in 30 minutes of hula hooping" - an article by the Mayo Clinic
Hooping doesn't seem like work. It seems like fun. So it isn't very difficult to hoop for 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
YogaYoga is great for both strengthening and for relaxing. The thing that triggered the writing of this article was getting back to my yoga DVD on a regular basis. I feel such a difference. I enjoy this workout immensely and wanted to share it with you.
|YOGA BURN with Rodney Yee|
I ALWAYS feel better when I do this workout. I can feel my spine re-align (as I loosen up and work out, I actually feel it pop back into place) and I feel my muscles strengthening. I also feel more relaxed mentally when I am finished.
If you are looking for a way to become more physically healthy and relaxed, this workout may be a good choice for you too.
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