Saturday, June 23, 2012

Exercise for Your Health: Get Moving

One of the hardest parts of beginning an exercise regime is deciding what type of exercise fits with your lifestyle and personality. Here are a few of the latest types of exercise that can be done at home or at a gym. I have tried them all in both places.... I alternate depending on my mood and free time.

ZUMBA



KICKBOX



PILATES



YOGA



LOW IMPACT AEROBICS



These cardio workouts while good overall also don't include strength training per se. Honestly for that all you really need are some small weights. Begin with 2 or 3 pounds and work your way up. I never went above 5 pounds simply because I didn't want to gain muscle mass, just wanted to lengthen the muscles I have.




And while all the above helps with your abs and your core, it is important to specifically target that area of your body. As you age the first thing that goes, especially after children are the abs, and after that your back, particularly your lower back. We all know that lower back pain is absolutely no fun whatsoever.



Remember the biggest killer of women in the USA is heart disease. One of the ways to stem that is to  get moving...at least put on some shoes and walk around your neighborhood and do some simple core exercises. Your body will thank you in the long run and so will all the people that love you when you live longer.

Also if you lose weight fine. If you don't fine. It's about movement, strength and feeling good about yourself.  We are all not going to look like the cover of a fashion magazine....so don't worry that you don't. In fact be glad you aren't that thin.....

Qi en Pace,


Today is strength training day....


Elise




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