I can’t resist the resistance exercises

Hi there. I did my half hour workout today, which I enjoyed mainly because Seinfeld had just come on. I didn’t really want to do the exercises, but I remember my doctor saying how important weights and resistance exercises are. I’m only doing them once a week at the moment. But that’s still more than what I was doing four months ago. If only I could go for a walk now. It’s just gorgeous outside. But I can’t get the kids to come with me. I will just have to try to convince them. Wish me luck.

FINAL WEEK OF FITNESS PLAN

WEEK 12/DAY 1 – GET FIT PLAN

Hi everyone. This is my official final week of the CSIRO fitness plan. It is certainly a habit now, to plan which activity I will do each day. Whether it’s a walk, a bike ride, or a workout with the resistance tube, exercise has become something that I think about daily. Well done me!

This afternoon I did a workout. I really can’t believe that I am watching the fourth disaster on the news since I began this program. First it was the Queensland floods, then cyclone Yasi,  then the Christchurch earthquake and now the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. It is hard to watch the massive destruction taking place in Japan and our hearts go out to all those affected.

Bye for now.

LEGS TONE UP

WEEK 11/DAY 6 – GET FIT PLAN

Hi everyone. I just did my resistance workout. I am pleased to say that my legs are more toned. I was doing squats and I noticed the upper leg muscles moving.  I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen those muscles before! What a motivator. I can’t say whether it’s the walking and cycling or the squats that have had the most impact on the upper leg, but the combination is worth doing.

What I have figured out about the abdominal crunches is that they allow me to pull my tummy in more easily. I still have a “grabbable roll” in the front, but I can control it better. If that makes any sense. Under the roll I have stronger muscles.

That’s all for now. Have a good weekend.

LATERAL RAISES WITH WEIGHTS

WEEK 11/DAY 3 – GET FIT PLAN

Hi everyone. As predicted it is a drizzly day. Nice and cool though. I popped the tv on and did my treadmill warm up, stretches then into the resistance exercises. I was looking in the CSIRO book and read that the upright row  is an alternative to the seated row. I’ve been doing both all this time. It’s going to be easy to choose another exercise to drop. I don’t know if it was kind lighting or not, but my legs are looking fit. I had shorts on today and I couldn’t help noticing that they looked quite toned. My work is starting to pay off.

One exercise that I have not been able to do is the lateral raise with the resistance tube. I know that there is an easier tube available  but  I do the raises with my 2lb weights. I quite like using them and I can feel my arms working.

As the program ticks along, I am pleased that I have given myself the chance to see the benefits of exercise after 12 weeks. The only way is to do it. And I’m nearly there. So far it has been a great change for me. I still feel a bit guilty  spending the time on getting fit, but  that is changing as I see my body taking a better shape and hopefully gaining a stronger cardiovascular ability. In December I sat next to a lady at a luncheon and she was telling me about her struggle with breast cancer. She told me that because she had been physically active and fit, it gave her something to fall back on as she went through her treatment. She clearly wanted to spread that message so I have found another benefit of exercising.

Have a good day.

LAWN MOWING FOR A WARM UP

WEEK 10/DAY 7 – GET FIT PLAN

Hi everyone. Today I did another 40 minutes lawn mowing. As I was due to do my exercises I dispensed with the treadmill and warmup stretches thinking that the mowing was a good warm up. The exercises took 40 minutes. I was watching ‘Housesitter’ with Goldie Hawn so it made it a fun workout. We all know what happens in the end with Steve Martin so I didn’t need to keep watching.

I have noticed that my arms are definitely looking more toned. It’s harder to tell with the legs but I think they look better too. At the end of the twelve weeks I’ll have to put myself through some tests-like running up the driveway and seeing if I feel as puffed as I used to. All shall be revealed soon. Have a good day.

KAYE SPLITS WITH ONE EXERCISE!

WEEK 10/DAY 3 – GET FIT PLAN

Good afternoon everyone. I fitted my workout in at 4.15pm today. I started off as usual with the 5 minute warmup on the treadmill followed by about 10 minutes of stretches. Then I completed the 2 sets of exercises. But today I disposed of the arm press exercise. I really don’t like that particular movement and it was going to be the first one I dropped at the end of this program anyway. So I thought I’d get rid of it early. I’m still doing 12 exercises and really, that is going to change in a couple of weeks. The winners of the “which exercises stay” competition will be announced in an exciting blog at the end of week 12. I know you’ll all be dying to know about the finalists. I will be announcing my ongoing fitness plan. I feel that it’s getting close.

Bye for now.

I FEEL SAFER ON THE FLOOR DOING CRUNCHES

WEEK 9/DAY 6 – GET FIT PLAN

Morning everyone. This morning after breakfast I went into the exercise room and did my one hour session. My husband was on the treadmill at the same time and it made for a more enjoyable workout. Not that we chatted much but he had the television on and it was good to have his company as we both worked on getting fit. Our younger daughter came in and helped me with my crunches. I tried to get on the piece of equipment where you hook your legs around the end and lie back on a 45 degree angle. The crunches weren’t the problem it was getting on and off at that angle. I ended up rolling of the thing when I’d finished. I’ll stick to the floor next time. So another day off adding to my fitness. Enjoy your exercises and avoid the heat. Bye for now.

DO EXERCISES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Week 9/day 3 – GET FIT PLAN

Morning everyone. Well I have to admit that I didn’t do my exercise yesterday. By this week, I should be walking 5 times per week and exercising the other 2. I have stuck to the program really well but my downfall is not doing the work as early as possible.

Yesterday I didn’t feel like doing exercise after school drop-off so told myself that I’d do it later in the day or even while one daughter was at after school jazz. Well, I filled in the day with too much and in the afternoon began making dinner along with cakes for school lunches which I hadn’t finished by school pick-up, then forgot that I had to go to the school that evening for an information session.

The moral is, as I have discovered before, do the exercise first! Which brings me to today. I got straight into the resistance exercises at 9.15am. 50 minutes later I’m finished. So I’m back on track.

Unfortunately, I have been watching the disastrous earthquake footage from Christchurch, NZ. I can’t believe how many disasters have happened since I began this program. Floods, cyclones, bushfires and now an earthquake. It is such a devastating situation. Let’s hope that they can rescue all those trapped people.

Time for a shower now and I can tick ‘exercise’ off my list for the day.

Have a good day.

LOOK IN THE MIRROR

Week 8/day 4 – GET FIT PLAN

Hi everyone. This afternoon I did my exercises.  Lateral raises – today I did these holding weights. Usually I look at myself front on in the mirror. Today I turned side on and I saw that my arms were not aligned with legs. So I pulled my shoulders back and created a straight line. Almost immediately I felt more of a pull on my arms. It was a much better workout. Then I did the same thing with the bicep curls. I stood side on and could see how my biceps were working. Those muscles were popping out. It was great. So my advice is, check yourself out at different angles in the mirror. You might see a fault or a better way of working a particular exercise. Have a good day.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL WORKOUT

Week 8/day 2 – GET FIT PLAN

Hi everyone. I had a project I wanted to work on today so didn’t want to use any of my ‘kid free’ time doing exercises. I needed to get some writing done. One of my daughters has art class from 4-6. When kids are parted they are less work. So while the one staying home did some homework and mucked around in her room, I watched the Bold and the Beautiful then the news and got my hours workout done. Oh that Brooke. She’s always in trouble!

Those abdominal crunches are the things I dread the most. They are the last exercise in the program and I really love getting to 30! Finished! I haven’t seen any improvement around my middle. I really think that diet and posture are more a key to a flatter stomach. But I’m not ready to give up cakes and biscuits just yet. Bye for now.