Monday, May 12, 2008


My favorite workout DVD:

Fat Burning Fusion, with Ellen Barrett. (Watch a clip of it here.) I try to do this 45 minute workout once a week. Ellen has such a pleasant, encouraging demeanor throughout. No equipment is needed. You don't even wear shoes! The moves are not dancey or complicated, so you don't need a lot of room, yet you are in near-constant motion, and let me tell you, I feel it the next day. It's not so tough if I do the workout regularly, but I skipped a week recently, and when I came back to it, I had a hard time lowering myself into a chair for a couple of days afterwards. Anyone can do this workout, even if you haven't exercised in years. If you haven't exercised in years, this DVD is a great place to start again.

I am a very regular exerciser, and work out five or six times a week. Most days I do a run/walk interval for 3.5-4 miles on my treadmill, but I like to mix it up every now and again, so I have quite a collection of workout DVDs, too. Fat Burning Fusion is my latest addition. At the end of the workout my average heartrate is only 115 or so for the 45 minutes, compared with 145-155 for 45 minutes on the treadmill, but I feel more thoroughly worked because my core and arms have been so involved, and my legs get moved in such a different way than they do when I walk/run.

I also love this yoga video:

The Original Total Yoga. I started doing yoga back in 1992. I don't make regular time for it, but my body tells me when I need it. Downward Dog is the most healing position of all for what ails me.

I'm lucky that my lifestyle allows time for exercise. Sometimes I feel self-conscious about that. The other day some guys showed up to work on our driveway. I knew we were on their schedule, but the exact start date had been vague, so I was not expecting them when they came. It happened to be a yoga day for me, and they arrived right in the middle of my workout. I felt a little bit like a pampered princess, opening the door in my yoga gear!

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