Beach-Ready and Beyond (More Good Things to Say About Jillian Michaels)
As summer continues, there are a few things I am certain of: high temperatures, taking trips to the local ice cream shop, roadtrips throughout the country, and relaxing by the pool or, if you’re lucky, at the beach. But for me, it’s a perfect time to get back in shape – namely because I have my 10 year high school reunion at the end of the month.
Now, even if you’re not going to a reunion, there is no better time to get in shape than now. And, I have a few recommendations if you are in the same boat.
What kind of exercise do you like to do? Me, I love to walk...especially outside. I like to just walk anywhere outside to watch or listen to nature, or to feel the sun on my face. Nice weather is always a factor when you want to exercise outside. I know that the weather will change, though, so I walk as much as I can for as long as I can.
MCPL now offers patrons a 7-disc Zumba DVD set, Exhilarate, so you can cha-cha, samba, and merengue in the privacy of your own home. I just finished 4 weeks with Beto and his crew, so let me give you the break down on this item.
Start by watching Disc 1, the step-by-step guide. Never heard of cumbia? Neither had I. Who knew there was such a thing as Latin hip hop? The instructors are friendly and break the steps down for you.
Next either do Disc 5: Rush, a 25-minute routine, or Disc 2: Activate, a 40-minute routine.
Well, it’s here. 2013 has begun, and it’s time for another New Year’s resolution. If you’re like me, after eating all that Christmas ham and holiday fudge, I always make the same promise to myself -- get healthy. Before you know it, we’ll be picking out swimsuits and making beach vacation plans, so we might as well start now.
The resolutions made on January 1st need to be resolved. What was you resolution? Perhaps you are into recycling? A recycled resolution that is -- recycle, refresh, reuse, doesn’t really matter, it is all results.
It’s hard to find the time and the energy to start a new fitness program, but I am making an effort to get started. I found a book that I hope will help. It’s called Ultra Simple 9-Minute Workouts by Alex Lluch. It has simple to follow exercise routines, with full color photos, that only take 9 minutes.
I’m continuing my weight loss and fitness blog series this month. In December, I wrote about Horace Fletcher and his useful (and somewhat hilarious) approach to weight loss and health through mastication. Beginning this month, I’ll be reviewing some of the different workout DVDs I’ve used, both in the past and currently.
(Please remember: I’m not trying to hand out medical advice or suggestions here, so please consult your doctor before you begin any exercise program.)
Do you have a New Year’s goal to get fit and lose weight? Or, like me, is it more like a fleeting notion that quickly gets tossed aside by MORE IMPORTANT THINGS? That’s how it’s been with me until yesterday, when I actually wrenched my back by side-tossing laundry into a basket. I mean, how much more incentive do I need?
I try to maintain good health habits – eating right, exercising, all that nonsense. In the summer, I also love to jog at the high school track across the street from my house. All of my fellow exercisers laboring around the track have earbuds in their ears. I always wonder what they are listening to.