Thursday, January 17, 2013

No Sweat Exercise

We all slow down this time of year.  The cold weather invites us to stay inside and relax under a blanket.  But we know where this will get us when spring comes.  In a panic!  So, why not choose one of our “gentler” fitness DVDs to keep you in shape this winter? 
Leslie Sansone is always a go-to instructors for an easy workout.  She is famous for “indoor walking”.  The music is set at the right tempo to get you walking at a 15-minute mile.  Not super speedy, but just enough to get your heart pumping.  The moves are easy it’s mostly marching in place with variations of side-to-side, low kicks and marching front and back.
If you have an injury, or can’t walk for any reason, we do have a few chair workouts.  The queen of seated exercise is Mary Ann Wilson.  We have Season 8 of her “Sit and Be Fit” television series on DVD.  These exercises are designed to improve core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, circulation and reaction time.  You may not break a sweat with Mary Ann, but if your goal is simply to move, this may be a good place to start.
The library also has several good stretching, yoga and Pilates DVDs.  For a yoga instructor, you can't get better than Rodney Yee.  If you want to give yoga a try, we have Rodney’s “Yoga for Beginners” DVD.  In addition to the two workouts, there’s a tutorial of 20 basic yoga moves to get you started with the proper form.

So this winter, take it easy.  But you don’t have to give up fitness all together.  Try something new and you may start something that you will really enjoy.

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