Thursday, November 1, 2012

Another way to exercise at home

Everyone needs to exercise and everyone exercises for different reasons; heart health, lose weight, stay strong, etc.

Today we are going to talk about Cardiovascular Exercise:  Getting your heart pumping to either keep your hear healthy or lose weight.

If you just don't have the time to go to a gym or you are just too uncomfortable going to a gym there are alternatives to this.  Remember we talked about the best exercise you can do is the one you will do.  If you missed that blog click here to read it. 
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First thing you must do is decide WHAT you like to do.  Once you know this it's time to find the right way to incorporate this with an exercise program.  There are many exercise DVD's out there that you can pop in and get moving to.  They range from beginners to advanced so choose your program accordingly.  I highly suggest that "to save money" you don't purchase the advanced to work up to it.  If it's too difficult you will not enjoy doing it so you won't and it will be another thing that you started out with great intention but now collect dust.  Here is a tip about these DVD's:  Collecting dust....Look for these items in yard sales, ebay, craigslist, etc. because someone out there bought it and has either advanced to a more difficult or just didn't like it.

Until you decide what it is that you want to do....try this.  Turn on the music (preferably the music with a fast beat) and get moving, dancing, having fun in your home.  I love to turn up the music and dance around the house (yes, some of my neighbors think I am crazy).  I like to pick music from my earlier years because music brings memories so I can dance and talk a walk down memory lane at the same time.  

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The first time you do this may be "uncomfortable" for you but keep doing it as that feeling will go away when you allow yourself to have fun.  Close the curtains and blinds if you don't want your neighbors to see and HAVE FUN.  Start out small if you haven't exercised for a while.  One song a day is more than you did yesterday, right?  Work up to more and eventually you may feel comfortable with the exercise DVD's.  When it is that time to find the DVD look for the programs that is like the music you have danced to.  Those programs only work if you do them. You won't do them if you don't enjoy it.  
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There are so many out there; aerobics, dance, zumba, ti chi, palates, step (you will have to either have a step at home, purchase one or just do the program without the step).  I have been asked "which program is best?"  My answer is this:  Whichever one you will do and have fun with.  No one sticks with an exercise program they don't enjoy so it's okay to do a little trial and error first.  Ask your friends if they have a program you can borrow to see if you enjoy it.  A little exercise is better than no exercise so decide what you WANT to do and JUST DO IT.  (Gotta love Nike for that one).

Please check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

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