Donna Richardson four Day Rotation-15 minute arms section and 15 minutes hips/thighs section
Leisa Hart-10 minutes of cardio-Ball Aero Mambo (this is fun!)
40 minutes total-I'm happy with that.
Synger, which stretching tape did you order?
08-04-2003, 07:26 AM
Happy Monday (not)
This morning I did Leisa Hart's "Burn the Fat" tape. I will attepmt yoga for the first time tonight if I feel up to it. (Crunch Candlelight Yoga).
08-04-2003, 08:19 AM
I have done NO exercise the last two days and I'm rather frustrated about it. It's been either so muggy that you fell like you've been slapped with a wet hot blanket when you walk outside, or it's been raining.
I did some cleaning, but no tapes. I really feel frustrated by our houseguest, who sleeps on our foldout couch in our computer/exercise/play room. When she's downstairs, I don't want to go down there. Last night I was DETERMINED to do a tape, so after I finally got Gem to bed (we've been having bedtime wars lately), I headed downstairs. And houseguest was asleep already. /sigh
So today is my day off, and I'm gonna lift and do cardio.
I DID get my three new video tapes -- much earlier than I had expected. I've previewed the Bellydance Slimdown (which looks fun and do-able) and Pilates for Dummies (which looks like many of the positions will be really difficult, but I'm gonna give it a try).
The stretch tape is Total Body Stretch for Beginners, with Tamilee Webb. I haven't previewed it yet, but it got rave reviews over on Videofitness.com. I got it specifically because it has three sections, each one of which stretches the whole body. The first one is done standing, the second sitting, and the third on the floor. I have such problems getting down on the floor sometimes and doing floorwork, that the promise of standing and sitting stretch routines that work the whole body sold me.
I'll let you know what it's like when I try it out.
08-04-2003, 02:33 PM
Oh, I feel SO much better. I spent an hour lifting this morning, and raise my sets on a bunch of the moves from 2 sets to 3. I got that nice post-lifting quiver in my arms.
Then, once Gem went down for her nap (or at least was playing quietly in her room, since I don't think she actually slept), I put in Sweat and Shout. It's my only Richard Simmons tape, but I wanted something dancy and energetic that I KNEW would work me hard. I can't find my Donna Richards Donna-Mite tape, which is what I'd rather have done, and I didn't want to try a new tape today (like the Bellydance Slimdown), so Richard it was.
He's not THAT bad, really. He's quite motivational, and not too chatty. But he sux at leading. He doesn't "teach" movements -- he just does 'em. Fortunately, it doesn't really matter on his tapes. As long as you keep stepping along, and give it a try, you can learn the easy movements after a few times.
Tell me about the 4-day rotation. I've heard good things about it, and the idea that you can mix and match the four 15 minute sections sounds very useful. I like that sort of flexibility.
I've also looked at the swiss ball workouts (those big inflatable balls). What is that like?
08-04-2003, 06:20 PM
I liked the two sections of the Donna Richardson tape, but there is some floorwork for the hips/thighs section.
I don't have a swiss ball-the tapes I have are Ball Aero by Leisa Hart. You use three different weighted balls-2lb, 4lbs and 6lb. They have velcro straps on them. You can see a preview on Collage. Leisa Hart's own website-LeisaHart.com is selling them. I think it's ten dollars less than Collage, and they may have free shipping too. I really like her workouts. She is a very friendly and motivating instructor.
I may try and track down Donna Mite on ebay.
I have some Richard Simmons tapes, but he doesn't demonstrate or instruct, and half the time they dont' show his feet. I may pull one out and try it anyway. They are fun. I used to watch his fitness show eons ago.
I am definitely interested in the Tamilee Webb stretching tape. I am on videofitness too...and have spent way too much money as a result!
I may try Candlelight Yoga tonight, if Matthew goes to sleep at a decent hour. I'm hoping it will help me sleep-I've been having trouble.
08-05-2003, 07:30 AM
I did the Firm Basics Fat Burning workout...okay, I tried. Some of the floorwork at the end did me in. I just laid on my mat, staring at the screen saying "you've got to be kidding-my body doesn't GO that way!"
I may need a rest day tomorrow. The Firm always does me in.
08-05-2003, 08:12 AM
I went rollerblading for 40 minutes last night, I love it, although when I was about 2 blocks from home, one of my skates hit the grass and I did a faceplant into the concrete. My knees are both black and blue, my right knuckles and elbow are skinned pretty nicely, as is my left palm. My battle wounds! :lol:
08-05-2003, 10:44 AM
Hey I can post here now. Yipee!!! I did my back exercise as I always should but don't and I did 1 mile of my new two mile walk DVD. I hope to start doing this 5 to 6 days a week. They say after 3 weeks things become a habbit I hope so. I sure do need that kind of habbit in my life right now. I love this DVD. The biggest part of me not exerciseing was because I did not want to go out. Now I can stay in.
I sure hope your feeling better Raelynn. That sounds painful.
08-05-2003, 12:03 PM
i am proud of my workout yesterday. we walked to the swimming hole, did a bunch of laps, thenchanged, did a little walking, a long stretch of jogging, and walked back to the car. we were there for about 1 1/2 hours. yay!
08-05-2003, 12:46 PM
Welcome Howie!! We're glad to see you in the Exercise Thread. /hug Getting myself moving every day has really helped. I feel better, more energetic, and more motivated. Even if I only walk 20 minutes, it's more than I would have done a month ago. Every little bit helps!!
Are you doing the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds tapes? Which version do you have? Some of her recent ones have "extras" like stretchy bands or hand weights and stuff.
I have one of her earliest ones, the Weight Loss Walk. I tell ya, I can only do the first two miles. The pace speeds up so much that my shins hurt and my calves ache. I'm better off doing a dancy tape -- at least they change movements enough that my lower legs aren't taking all the brunt of it.
I must say, though, that my pace for hallwalking at work has really increased. I used to do one floor in ten minutes, so if I took a 30 minute break I knew I'd do three floors. Now I get done with three floors, look at my watch, and still have ten minutes to go. So I've GOTTA be going faster.
08-05-2003, 03:38 PM
i just got a pedometer. i'm wearing it all day today for the first time and it's frustrating how my sit-on-my-*** office job has kept me under 1,000 steps and it's noon! this is horrible. i think i'll go on a walk at lunch.
but yesterday, i got it right before a short walk at the park, and that was 3,000 steps on it's own.
i like having it on, it's going to make me more accountable.
08-05-2003, 05:26 PM
Yes synger I am doing Leslie Sansone Two mile walk DVD. I like it because the time goes by so much faster than just walking by myself. I could not beleave how fast the mile went.
08-06-2003, 02:01 PM
I am happy to report that I went to curves today!! I feel especially excited about today because my heart rate is usually in the 60% range. Today I got those arms moving and got it up to between 70-80%. I figure if I am going to bother, I might as well make it count!! :strong:
08-06-2003, 02:50 PM
i just got a pedometer and i managed 9,542 steps yesterday. and i was taking extra walks, too. it's very hard to get to 10,000 but i will keep trying. darn office job makes it tough.
08-06-2003, 04:00 PM
I'm proud of you both, Sandi and Howie!
Getting started is the hardest part. Howie, I started with Leslie Sansone tapes, and am now trying Tamilee Webb, Donna Richardson, kathy smith, the Firm, Leisa Hart, etc. I'm so thankful to her for putting out exercise tapes I could actually do! I"m not coordinated, and was very out of shape.
I took a rest day today, cause I did the Firm yesterday...they always wipe me out. They might be above my fitness level for a while.
08-06-2003, 04:35 PM
Second day in a row. I did Leslie Sansone walk two miles. I walked one and did my back exercises. Makes me feel like I have acomplished something. I just hope I lose this week. I've been at a stand still since 7/14. Although I did lose 11 that week so I guess I can't complain. I would rather see 2 or 3 a week than all in one week like that. It's more encouraging.
08-06-2003, 04:48 PM
I got back to my weights and lifting video today for the first time in 2 years. It took me 45 minutes to find them in my messy office, but it felt great!
Holly, what is a pedometer? Do you hold it or is it actually attached to you? I am always trying to guess how far I have walked.
08-06-2003, 05:42 PM
Originally posted by asuldoma
Holly, what is a pedometer? Do you hold it or is it actually attached to you? I am always trying to guess how far I have walked.
it looks like a little pager and i clip it to my waistband. i bought the cheapest kind out there, it just counts steps, nothing else. it was $12 at sportmart.
08-06-2003, 06:58 PM
Couldn't go to my aerobics class on Monday because the car was in the shop, but went today. We have a substitute and she spent way too long warming up, not enough actual aerobics, wasn't quite in step with the music, and spent too much time on the resistance and stretching for my taste. Another woman there was saying how much she likes her and liked so much emphasis on stretching. Oh, well. Hopefully our drill sergeant will be back next week!
08-07-2003, 08:35 AM
Tuesday I hallwalked at work in the morning, but in the afternoon I had to go to a funeral for a friend's mom. Didn't feel like doing a tape that evening. But with the walking to and fro from Metro to the funeral home, and the hallwalking I did in the morning, it added up to my requisite 45 minutes a day.
Wednesday I took the day off work to take Gem to the doctor. Turns out she's inherited my allergies, poor thing. So now she's got allergy medicine we can give her when her eyes start itching and getting gunky.
As to exercise, I did my Bellydance Slimdown tape last night for the first time. I have rather mixed feelings about it. It starts really slow, and even through the "warmup" I didn't feel my heart pumping too much. But then they move from shoulder and arm work to hip work. Wow! What a difference. And they have you keep your hands up in the air above your heart pretty much through the whole thing. I can feel it this morning in my sides (obliques), legs (glutes, quads, and calves), and arms/shoulders.
I've never actually had a video tape that used the words "Feel the burn" before. /chuckle And they mean it!
Sounds like a pedometer is a useful little tool. I've heard of "step counting" programs where you don't worry about time or distance and concentrate instead on how many steps you take throughout the day. I've even read about using pedometers with kids to teach them about incorporating activity into their daily lives. They are on teams, and each team tries to amass the greatest number of steps during the time allotted (like a week). I thought it was kinda cool. Unfortunately, that wouldn't work for me since I wear dresses to work that don't have "waistbands" per se.
Curves really does sound like fun. It's become quite a phenomenon. People who aren't "hard bodies" feel comfortable exercising there. I think that's just great!
I have a couple intermediate tapes that wipe me out, too. I only do them once in a while, but I'm always excited when I can get through them. But the day after is either a rest day or an easy day for me.
08-07-2003, 10:49 AM
I did Leisa Hart's TNT thirty minute aerobics at 5:30 am!
08-07-2003, 11:19 AM
I'm not doing my DVD walk today. I have to mow the lawn and that will get my exercise in for the day. I will do my back exercise before I go out though.
08-07-2003, 11:43 AM
5:30 am?? wow. i'm not to that point yet. =)
but i DID do 11,885 steps yesterday!
08-07-2003, 12:01 PM
I'm barely getting out of bed at 5:30. /chuckle
You inspired me to look at pedometers. the walking section at about.com has a whole page about them.
There's also a whole page linking to different walking programs based on how many steps you take.
One of the programs helps you "chart" your progress as you virtually walk across the US on the American Discovery Trail.
Another one is a program through About.com, where you have support through their walking forum.
So, if you need extra motivation, you might try one of these support programs.
(I've been thinking about hiking a lot, since I'm reading A Walk in the Woods, about hiking the Appalacian Trail. Sounds like it would be a fun thing to do, to track how far you've walked and apply it to a real distance/place. But I just can't get past the waistband pedometer thing. /chuckle)
08-07-2003, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by synger
But I just can't get past the waistband pedometer thing. /chuckle)
i've heard of ones that go on your ankle. would that work?
there's always wearing it under your dress, on the nylons waistband or something. plus you wouldn't be looking at it all day, like i do!
08-07-2003, 12:24 PM
I'm barely going to bed at 5:30.
08-08-2003, 07:22 AM
I did the leslie sansone one mile walk. I'm wiped out today.
Synger, I'd love to try a bellydance tape. I think my library actually has two. I'll have to check them out. I don't want anyone to see me trying it, though!
08-08-2003, 09:55 AM
If you're interested in bellydancing videos, there's a long thread (10 pages) over on the Exercise Forum:
It has quite a discussion of the different videos, classes, and types of bellydancing, and tells you the difference between tapes that TEACH you bellydancing and those that are designed for using bellydancing movements for cardio exercise. I lurked in that forum for a while before deciding to buy a bellydancing tape. They helped me decide which one to buy.
I hallwalked yesterday, then lifted last night for 45 minutes. After lifting I tried the first section of my new Stretching tape. It's a standing section, which is why I got it. Ten minutes of stretching from head to foot. It felt REALLY good. There were only two moves I had difficulty with, because they involved bringing one foot up and holding it while balancing on the other. One was holding your foot behind you to stretch the front of the thigh (quads) and the other was bringing one foot up and over the other thigh like you were sitting to stretch the outer legs. I used a chair to modify the stretches so I could do them. The outer thigh one was WONDERFUL! Especially after doing bellydancing the other day. I needed it.
But I think the most overall useful stretch is one I'm gonna use at work. I'm on the computer all day long, and this one helps stretch out the hands, wrists, and lower arms.
Hold your hands together in front of you, palm to palm (in "prayer" position). Your hands won't leave this position during the exercise.
Move them down and side to side, gently stretching them.
Press one set of fingers against the other, bending it back toward the wrist. Feel the stretch in your wrist. Repeat on other side.
Turn them out so they're pointing away from the body instead of up. Turn them out and down as far as you can. Feel the stretch in your wrists and forearms.
08-08-2003, 12:07 PM
yesterday i only went a littlve over 8,000 steps. i had lunch with a friend so i didn't get my extra walking in. =(
tonight and tomorrow are moving day, i won't get much actual exercise in but i think lifting things tomorrow might count!
08-08-2003, 02:03 PM
I left my aerobics class after 25 minutes because all the substitute teacher was having us do is walk around the gym. If I'm going to walk, I'd rather be outside at the beach than walking around a stuffy gym. So I went and picked up my dog's special food at the vet instead, and I'll walk outside to get some more cardio in.
I'd like to start doing some "yoga light," but the class I was considering isn't offered at a time when I can do it. Does anyone have any video suggestions? Thanks!
08-09-2003, 10:15 AM
This morning I did forty minutes of exercise:
Leisa Hart-20 minutes of aerobics, 10 minutes of yoga (it was cool!) and 10 minutes of stretching that was so soothing I wanted to go back to bed!
Synger, thanks for the bellydancing thread. I'll read it soon.
08-09-2003, 11:16 AM
Friday I just walked the halls. I knew I'd have to get all my exercise for the day in at work, because Friday nights we have gamers come over. So when I got home I had to start picking up and cleaning.
Today I'm going to the mall to buy my new cross-trainer shoes. I hope to get some walking in there, too.