- Exercise & Fitness
The PERFECT Fitness Equipment for Me: Working Out at Home
The long list of good intentions
Like you, I've made all the efforts and resolutions to get healthier and stay fit. Through the years I've read the books, worked out to the DVD's and even purchased the latest gadgets that promise to make it all work like magic. And like you, I eventually woke up and faced the reality of it all.
If there's any magic involved, it's coming to terms with the basic, simple facts that have been around since the very beginning. It's true and we know it. There is no pill or drink or package that contains the secret to a trimmer, stronger, better YOU. No one-size-fits-all and absolutely no mystical patch that transforms us as we SLEEP!
Over and over we've heard the drill. Eat healthy, drink water, breath deep and stay active. This sounds simple because truthfully, it is. What takes a bit of brain power and time, is sorting through all the information, suggestions and directions, to find that precise formula, that perfect program that fits into your lifestyle & schedule. There's a routine that's just right for each one of us and no better person to figure it out for ourselves but us.
Personal preference & need
I've tried out several different pieces of exercize equipment, from a treadmill to recumbent bike and stepper to ab-rocker. Sure, they've all worked out well for a period of time and MAYBE even produced results for me. Eventually however, I'd find a reason to drag it into the attic or sell it in a yard sale. Since I'm not of the mind-set for fitness clubs or Zumba Groups, I'd resort to walking when the weather was nice or doing stretches on the floor.
I found "IT!"
I should mention at this point, I'm a Grandma now and reluctantly admit, some of those comments we heard from this age group when we were younger aren't so funny anymore. Metabolism does slow down, we're not as limber nor as quick & a bit of our spring has sprung. My joints sometimes speak to me and I'll be darned if I don't grunt now and then, just like my mother used to!
Thumbing through a magazine, I found an article for "Fitness Over 60," and I read every word . There was a picture of a "Cardio Strider," which I thought was an interesting looking piece of equipment.....a little different than anything I'd ever seen or tried before. The marketing was masterful enough to grab my attention and in fact, I was sold on this Strider. I bought it.
Once my new incentive was in my home, sitting neatly in the corner, facing my plasma TV, I took my place on the comfy seat and flipped through the pages of the manual. "What a beauty," I thought to myself, as I programmed the little computer read-out to light up on the screen. It keeps track of everything! I could control the tension on my arms and legs, keep tabs on my heart rate, minutes & miles traveled and even calories burned. Best of all, it's whisper quiet. I can treat myself to this wonderful physical activity and listen to every word Matt Lauer is saying to me.
I can't stop Striding!
I'm amazed at how excited I am with having found the perfect program for me after all my searching and try-outs. This gadget is my favorite toy and it's GOOD for me! I've had it nearly 4 months and the benefits I've achieved are such a pleasant surprise to me. No longer must I believe in "No pain, no gain." That's just not true with my new-found steel pony.
I'm showing it off as if it's a new luxury car. My friends are in the house 5 minutes and I'm leading them into the living room to meet my new fitness partner. Of course the first thing anyone does is hop on and give it a try. They're all duly impressed. After using it for 30 days, I wrote to INSPIRE. Their headquaters for this high-end fitness equipment is in California and I found their website online and sent them off my praises. I even received a friendly reply and a Thank you from one of their reps. I suggested to him that I get some kind of profit for the word-of-mouth advertising, but I think that went over like a lead balloon.........That's fine with me since I'm getting rewards on a weekly basis!
I wanted to share my discovery with all of you. When I find something I really like and know others might want to hear about, I spread the news.
Success with YOUR program
Your Comfort Zone
Whatever you choose in a health and fitness program, make it suit your personal needs and comforts. Needless to say, the more pleasure you get from maintaining a healthy routine, the easier it is to want to stay with it......and that is an important part of the big picture.
It's also important to note that we don't need to drive ourselves fast and hard like a strict fitness coach, five days a week. Pushing one's self beyond reasonable limits can only cause us to dread ever starting a fitness program. The key to not giving up is a steady, common sense approach and a self-forgiving attitude. We do not destroy all our hard work and diligence by skipping one day of exercise or eating that irresistible frosted donut! Just pick up and go forward. Sincere dedication is what we need. A healthy respect for ourselves and our body. One day at a time, one step at a time.
Keep moving........Keep smiling!