My niece was telling me how being “safer at home” during the Covid-19 pandemic, has cause her to put on weight. I’ve heard several people complain about the same thing. People are doing things at home that they’ve never had the time to do before — it looks like it’s time to add fit at home to that list.
Walking Is the Best
Walking being the best fitness tool is just my opinion. It’s so simple, and it’s not strenuous. Walking with someone or if alone, listening to something on your device makes walking time seem like no problem. Even doctors say if we don’t do any other exercise, at least walk on a consistent basis.
If walking is your choice, then it should accompany a sensible diet (not go on a diet). As we get older, eating sensibly should become a lifestyle. However, that is not to say we can’t enjoy an occasional goodie.
Simple Exercise Equipment
Large expensive exercise equipment is not necessary. Although I wouldn’t mind having one of those treadmills that can be folded and stored under the bed, or a stationary bike with the virtual scenery on an attached viewer screen. Why not make the goal here simple and inexpensive.
My daughter teaches a dancersize class, and I must say, she is pretty good. I got out of breath just watching her. One evening, while visiting her, there was this rubber belt that I observed laying on her couch. I picked it up and looked at it and realize it was for exercising. It’s called a resistance band.
I thought to myself, I need this to get my arms and thighs back in shape. The resistance band can really give your arms a workout.
A few years back, I had the Suzanne Somers Thigh Master. I used it now and then, but when your thigh are nice and firm, you take it for granted because they look good now. I have absolutely no idea what I did with my thigh master. I wish I had it now!
Since the Suzanne Somers Thigh Master, other thigh masters have come on the market. The thigh master is really simple to use. So simple, that you might get bored, but it has its benefits.
I was watching public television one afternoon and came upon this program where a 70ish woman was promoting exercise, especially for us baby boomers. The author was also promoting her book called Aging Backwards by Miranda Edsmonde-White.
She explained how most exercise equipment offers strengthening to targeted muscles groups. These types of exercise are concentric, which means that they shorten or contract the muscle in strengthening them.
After years of contracting, the muscle will begin to squeeze the joints, restricting movement and range of motion, which leads to stiffness, pain, and arthritis.
She did not advocate not doing what people were already doing, she did explain, however, how stretching may be able to correct damage that may have been caused by years of weight lifting, Pilates, aerobics, and yoga.
Btw, this 70ish woman looks awesome!
How to Get Rid of Belly Fat
Do you find that no matter how much weight you lose, you still have the dreaded belly protrusion. It protrudes because we are holding on to too much fat, but not by choice.
I figured my only option to losing my belly fat was to exercise and be consistent with it, all the while hoping to find an easy alternative.
I was intrigued by a marketing promotion I saw telling how to lose belly fat. It’s a weight lost solution formula, but what interested me was the help with the fat around the middle for women in their 30s and over on into their 70s plus.
There is a presentation to watch, reviews, scientific references, and other information.
I remember a relative of mine was told about her weight gain. It was a lighthearted conversation, so there were no hard feelings. After all, no woman wants to hear how she’s gained weight. Anyway, my relative replied in the continuing lighthearted manner “it’s OK, I’ll just buy bigger clothes”. Later this same relative found out she was diabetic.
Weight gain and a non active lifestyle may and can lead to disaster. But at least, it’s nothing that cannot be fixed.
Most women who diet to lose weight, do so to look good. I wanted to look good when I was younger, so I went on a semi weight watchers diet. Losing weight was not all that urgent, I was successful at it and gained it all back, of course! When I needed to lose weight for my health, it was urgent and I did it and have kept the weight off.
Losing weight is not an easy task, especially during menopause. However, weight loss can be achieved with a plan and focused attention. If there are things by way of information from books, equipment, oral formulations, then by all means look into those things.
I personally walk for exercise, my meat consumption is way down, and I do the stretching exercises from the Aging Backwards book.
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