Feb 3, 2005, 1:05 PM
Methinks at our age, (62 in March) muscle toning by machine might be nice but overall fitness as opposed to buffness is more important. From experience, I can tell you the simpler the better. I’ve tried gyms but there is always some reason not to make it today. Until recently I’d been trying to walk 3 miles daily until the monsoons hit, or the hailstorm or whatever. Then about 6 weeks ago I stumbled across a DVD at Blockbuster…Aerobics for people over 40 with Lesley Sason. THIS IS IT! No having to make time, drive to a gym, suit up, suit down, drive home, and pay money. Now it’s hop out of bed, throw on some workout shorts & shoes, grab a cup of coffee, hit the play button and START MOVING…right in the comfort of your own living room. About 35 minutes later, you feel like a MILLION BUCKS! And it’s nearly impossible to come up with an excuse not to spend 35 minutes a day to improve your quality of life, This has now become a part of my life just like feeding the cats, the first cup of coffee,…it is NOT AN OPTION because I know how much better I feel, and how slugged out I’ll get if I break the routine for any length of time. Recently I’ve added light weights to the regime and later may go to a more active program, but for now this is accomplishing the mission which is to be in shape for the Chapala Volley Ball League (senior div) when we make the move later this year.
About weight control: A while back National Geographic had as there cover feature the nature of FAT….Quite an interesting article, but the synopsis is simply this: If you take in more food then you need, you’re gonna get fat. Atkins, South Beach, cortaslim, whatever…it don’ matta..If you take it in and don’t burn it off, you’re gonna SIT ON IT until you do.
So get on an aerobics program (with doctors approval), avoid known food-felons like Bubba, and you’ll do fine.
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