You’ve been told weight loss, exercise, and nutrition must be your priority. That monologue is usually followed by an “or else” phrase. You may be hearing it for the first time from your physician, or the hundred and first from your spouse. The underlying theme might carry more weight from the MD. However the meaning remains the same–get up and get moving.
You’ve seen the ads for P90X. INSANITY pops up on an infomercial at 2am, just as you were starting to doze off. It promises results in 60 days. After previewing parts of it on You-Tube, you understand why. You’ve also seen ads for Urban Rebounder, 10 minute trainer, and Tracy Anderson on nights when the television was your Ambien. Yet for all of the choices offered; the rigor, intensity, or daily grind wasn’t for you.
Another scenario. You want to exercise but your joints? Not so much. There are days when getting out of bed and walking to the bathroom is a challenge. Sitting on the toilet and then getting up? Well–that’s another story. What choices are there for you?
Believe it or not, the advice remains “get up and get moving.” But how? With what? Doing what? Here’s a few options.
1. Sit & Be Fit. If the description above is part of your life, even if only a few times a month, these videos offer movement on your “off” days. You-tube has a few selections; ranging from 5-30 minutes. The key to remember is that even with altered or limited mobility, you have to move. Range of motion is essential for ADLs (activity of daily living).
2. T-tapp. T-tapp is a series of exercises isometrically designed. They are low intensity, and promise to rev up even the most stubborn metabolism. Posture and “muscle activation” are the core principles here. Check out http://www.ttapp.com
3. Yogalates. This is a video I found on You-tube, which is divided into sections. If you are looking for a slow-paced introduction to yoga, this might be the answer. The instructor is soothing, articulate, and moves with intention. The entire video is 90 minutes, but again, there are 4 sections to choose from.
4. 60 minute Yin Yoga for Spine. This is another You-tube find. It may be an ideal start for those wishing to begin a yoga practice. Even if yoga isn’t quite your thing, it will serve tired, achy muscles well. Stretch days should not be an option; they should be part of your routine. You can also check out http://www.eckhartyoga.com for more ideas.
5. Tai Chi. Tai chi is quite possibly 2500 years old, if not older. While many videos display smiling seniors performing rhythmic movements, don’t be fooled. There are more rigorous forms of Tai Chi–including techniques used in MMA. Whether you are seventy-five looking to improve posture and mobility, or twenty-five using it as part of your Crossfit routine, there is something for everyone. Meditative as well as restorative, Tai Chi is adaptable–yet its principles remain the same. Effective breathing coupled with fluid technique.
As with any workout, cleanse, or change in dietary habit, it is always a good idea to talk to your medical professional. You are responsible for your own healthcare. However, part of that responsibility means enlisting the guidance of a trusted physician or nurse practitioner. This is essential if you are just beginning to exercise, have mobility issues, in need of cardiac rehab, or taking prescription medication.
While not every exercise is for every body, every body is in need of some form of exercise.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it.
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