Although I have written some posts after performing my morning exercise routine it is not my intention to be just a review blog! Losing fat after 50 was my main purpose and writing this was to document all that I have done, all that I will do and what I want to do to make sure that the fat does not creep back on.
Some may say that leading a sedentary working lifestyle is not beneficial to keeping fit and healthy and I admit that sitting at a computer for 8 + hours a day is not the way our bodies were designed. But I have been learning and I am still learning on a day to day basis and as I learn how to maintain my weight and improve on my fitness I will write about it here.
For further details on any DVDs or exercise machinery that I have used or am using I have the specific page “Fitness DVDs and Equipment” where I intend to give a more detailed review for anyone that is interested.
I, personally, go to the section to Just Learn Summarise which is a 20 minute class which includes a warm up, the moves and instructions on their own, then the moves and instructions including music and then the moves and music, finishing with a cool down with Cara at her favourite outside place.
I haven’t tried any of the other sections as I generally like to fit this in quickly before going to work. Great fun though and I can wiggle my hips with the best of them now!
I bought a Pilates Performer machine many years ago and this has travelled with me to my move to Spain and back and is still going strong. Now mine might not be the most up to date Pilates machine but it works for me.
I was introduced to these machines when I saw one on a well-known shopping channel and they stressed the fact that while you exercise you are protecting your back at all times. As I have C4 disk degeneration I like to protect my upper back and neck as much as possible.
I find the exercises on the DVD are easy to work along with and apart from not lifting my head off the headrest during the abdominal exercises (to protect my dodgy neck) I do them all as stated without any problems at all.
For those that have never seen a Pilates machine you have four bungee cords and depending on which exercise you are doing you can have either one, two, three or four cords in use. The bench slides back and forth along the tracks and there is a bar at one end and headrest at the other. The two cords with the handles on are used when doing arm or leg exercises. The machine also folds in two when not in use and stands upright to take up less room.
Overall this is an integral part of my exercise routine as it is working out using resistance.
Today I was short of time and needed a quick yoga fix. In these instances I always reach for Barbara Currie’s 7 Secrets of Yoga. The 10 minute routine is brilliant when I can’t fit in a full blown yoga session.
There are several 10 minute sessions to choose from including an advanced routine however unfortunately at the moment I’m still on the beginner as I’m not flexible enough for advanced.
I always feel so much calmer after yoga and if Barbara Currie can do it then so can I.
Here is my Aerobics Oz Style DVD which I have had for years. I tend to get stuck in a rut and when I find something I enjoy I do the same old routine over and over again. The Spirit of Yoga’s DVD I had put to one side as it was a routine I worked out to when I was a bit younger and fitter! But today I thought I would give it a go again. I didn’t have a lot of time this morning as work is very busy but as this is split into different segments each only taking up a short amount of time I opted for the standing and stretching poses today.
Wow I forgot how good it feels! Will definitely be working out to this again.
I need to trim my waistline. For a woman the ideal waist size is 32 ½ inches and for men it is 35 inches.
A waist size over 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men increases the risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease and more.
As I have reached my target weight the question is how do I trim my waistline without losing too much more weight because you have to draw the line between too fat and too haggard!
My new goal then is to focus my exercises to trim my waist.
When did my shape change so drastically, where had my waistline gone, what was all that belly fat? What had happened after I passed the age of 50 and why hadn’t I noticed it before?
I still felt the same inside. I really didn’t want to be over 50 and fat!
Well the years passed by and then circumstances changed and I was forced to do something about it and prove that you CAN lose fat after 50 after all.