Hi, someone e-mailed that they missed the Christmas "snow storm" in N Texas so I am posting some pics. It was also Roxies first "deep" snow. Mostly she just burrowed her nose through it.
Missing Avatar; has anyone seen where my avatar went. Apparently it is too cold in Lewisville and she just took off somewhere. ??? Check perhaps Costa Rica or Hawaii.
Oh yeah, the original topic. Fitness after Forty.
With the New Year I'm sure a few of you are thinking about gym memberships and such. Here is some helpful advice from a former gym rat when I was in my twenties.
Your older now. Don't try to do the same things you used to be able to do. Period. Being someone who used to carry around things that weighed more than I did all day long, this is a hard concept to swallow. Get a spoon, sugar coat that info and swallow it. You will feel better.
Now that I have given up trying to press even half of what I used to, my body feels better. The joints don't ache, the muscles aren't sore, I feel good. The new fitness mantra for over forty is now "Less is better".
Don't get me wrong, you still need to excercise, just go low impact. Walking instead of running if your knees and hips are starting to complain. Low, low weights just working on range of motion and light toning.
You want to find a work out that gets your heart rate up a bit, has you move all your limbs, works on your balance, and most of all does not make you feel all sore the next day. If you are really out of shape, you may be mildly sore after a LIGHT work out, but that will get better.
If you have the $300 for a Wii console and the Wii fit package (Contains the Wii board that you use in the workouts. It also weighs you, checks body mass and balance)
That is a great program for beginners and those of us with joint injuries etc.
Low budget options are going to Half Price Bookstore and purchasing several different work-out DVD's. Find one you like and work with it every other day. Try to work out three to four days a week. If you like to excercise everyday, just pay attention to how you feel. If you are sore, rest a day or lower your weights, reps etc.
Dumbells are great for toning. Buy a set from 1 to 12 pounds to start if you are female. Guys, from 3 to 20 lbs if you have shoulder injuries etc.
Mostly be sure to listen to your body. After forty, most of us aren't going to bulk up anymore. Go for being toned and pain free.
Good Luck and have a Healthy Pain-Free New Year!
This was about 5pm Christmas Eve. It was still snowing.
Hmmmm. May be time to take the hummingbird feeder down.
This is Roxie's first snow. Mostly she rooted around with her nose in it.
Wow, the snow was as high as the plastic deers neck!
This was Christmas morning.