What to put in your Gymbag
My little one and I were browsing the DVD section when she shoved a Pilates Bee Twist DVD. It's a workout DVD designed for girls aged 8-15.
The DVD includes a 5 minute Warm-Up, 15 minute Advanced Workout and a 30 minute Workout. It also includes Special Features on extremely mature topics such as obesity, diabetes, diets etc. Also there is a dictionary on all the poses featured in the video.
The girls who are demonstrating the poses don't look very happy to be doing this. They are very concentrated on their positions that it's almost as if there are not aware they are being filmed. The producers lightened it up with funny subtitles which is not seen often in exercise DVDs.
My little one (age five) loved it because she could workout with big sister and bounce around like a ball!
The workouts are extremely similar to Adult Pilates DVDs that I have tried. Extremely fun to do and not too difficult for kids. You get a nice little workout especially if your having a light/rest day in between your regular workouts.
I give it 5 stars. It does exactly what it sets out to do and its' a cute concept. The video was definitely tailored to its' audience.
I would have preferred the girls in the video to be a little more happy about doing good things for their body but you can't have it all and it was fun nonetheless.
Completely off topic:
I lost five pounds in 2 weeks doing nothing but cutting out junk out of my diet, drinking more water and doing these workout DVDs daily!
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I read about this site in RealSimple magazine a few months ago, and I went to check it out yesterday. It's a site meant to help you be active throughout the day - it pops up on your computer every 30 minutes and leads you through a 3-minute workout. Apparently it's based on martial arts - one of the comments on the site said it was like Tai Chi on fast-forward, so there's no jumping or anything high-impact but it does get your heart rate up. Obviously, it's intended to play on the idea that exercise is cumulative. If you actually did the 3-minute workouts every 30 minutes for an entire workday, they claim it's equivalent to spending 45 minutes at the gym before or after work, and it gets you out of your chair during the day (which I *know* is good for you).
My problem is that there is no video demo, no free trial, nothing so you can actually see what the exercises look like. Which makes me quite skeptical, but on the other hand, a major magazine like RealSimple recommended it. It's $20 to get the low-price version, which has something like 5 exercises in it, and I think $50 or $60 to get the full verison with 27 exercises. So - has anybody taken the plunge and tried this? Is it worth it? Would you actually do it or are the exercises dumb?
I keep seeing posts on this site about girls wanting to diet to lose significant amounts of weight... I think the mentality here has to change. Dieting implies temporary - which means temporary weight loss. Lifestyle means life long weight loss.
Two great books that I recommend for anyone wanting to lose weight:
YOU The Owner's Manual by Michael F. Rozien, M.D.
The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, M.D. (Says diet, but by the end of the program it's a lifestyle change)
Trying to figure out new fitness goals.
It's a bit tough when I'm constantly traveling and have no job security since I graduated.
I want to get back into running... perhaps train for another half-marathon? But I want to try new things..
There are so many activities that sound fun... like finding a tennis partner and playing once a week, and taking some spinning classes... but without a set place to live, how can I do that?
What is everyone else thinking of doing this summer?
Saw this really simple tests for getting a sense of how healthy & fit you feel. I haven't done them myself yet but what I'm planning to do is write down how I think I will do on each of these and then see how I actually do. There's only four tests so do them with me and post how fit you are!
Wall push-ups in 1 minute: Stand facing a wall, about an arms length away with your feet placed a little wider than your shoulder width. Bend your knees slightly and put your hands on the wall with your arms out straight. Make sure you don't arch your back and keep your body in a straight line as you do push-ups against the wall. Bend your elbows at no more than a 90 degree angle and push back out. That's your first push up. Get someone to time you and see how many you can do in 1 minute. Here's how you rate:
Didn't make it to a full minute - beginner
0-25 - Okay, but room to improve
26-50 - Right where you want to be
55+ - Power to spare
Chair squats in 1 minute: With a chair behind you, stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Bend your knees as if you're going to sit but stop just before your butt makes contact with the chair. Return to standing position. Count how many you can do in one minute.
Didn't finish the whole minute - Need work
0-25 - not bad
26-50 - Sweet!
55+ - Top-notch athlete
1-mile walk/jog/run: Find a school track or level trail where a mile course is marked. Walk, jog or run the mile as quickly as you can safely do it. Rest if you need to but keep the stopwatch running. This test is a good indicator of overall cardiovascular fitness.
Didn't finish the one mile - Slow going
Did mile in 25 to 35 minutes - Fair to middling
Took 15 to 24 minutes - Where you want to be
12 minutes or less - You're fast!
Last one - Single-leg balance: With the floor clear & flat around you, stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Lift one leg, with knee bent, in front of you for as long as you can, up to 3 minutes. Repeat with your other leg and record your times.
Couldn't hold up leg - wobbly
1 minute - Okay, but can be better
2 minutes - In the good zone
3+ minutes - You're floating now