Those of you who read my blog know that I am an avid supporter of getting up and getting moving! This doesn’t mean that you have to run a marathon, but it does mean you have to get off the couch, put one foot in front of the other and start moving toward the door!
If you haven’t been active for a while, start out slow if you need to, but start! Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Sign up for a yoga class. Call a friend and play a little one-on-one. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be active! Little by little, day by day, you’ll find yourself doing more and more, feeling better and better with more energy each time you lace up those sneakers. Before you know it, you’ll be heading out with your head up high, breathing in the morning air with big, deep breaths, and thinking just how great life is!
To help you get started, here are some the best items I’ve found that help me with my workouts. I do a combination of some light hand weights three times per week, plus bench presses. I also walk at least thirty minutes (I try for forty five) five times per week at a pace that gets me a little breathless. I also try to do thirty to forty five minutes of yoga two or three times per week for flexibility and core strength.
These are the Hand Weights I use for resistance training. I like them because they don’t roll around when I put them down. I also like them because they don’t hurt my hands.
My husband and I use this weight set. I use this bar and free weights for my bench presses. I do not lift a lot, just 125 lbs, but I like being strong enough to do this. I always have a spotter (usually my husband) when I am bench pressing.
This is the type of bench we started out with. We use something a bit more complicated now, but a bench like this served us well for many years.
While I much prefer to walk outside, I do have a treadmill that I use when the weather keeps me in. Mine is an older model, but is much like this one. I have a digital console where I can input various routines: uphill, city, rural, and save favorites. I can also monitor my heart rate and pulse and keep track of calories burned, steps taken, miles walked and minutes used. I use all of these on my treadmill and find them useful.
This is a wonderful DVD for anyone who likes yoga or who would like to learn yoga. Rodney Yee does a great job teaching and demonstrating yoga techniques. I enjoy this DVD especially for stress reduction and meditation. The photography is gorgeous!