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browneyedsusan October 5th, 2012 07:10 AM

gentle workouts for those in their 40's and 50's?
Any of you older girls do anything to keep yourselves agile and fit? I've fallen off the wagon and need some motivation to get back on. I walk daily, but don't feel as limber and strong as I'd like.

I'd really like something I could stream on the computer. (I live in the country, and going in to town to the gym isn't going to happen.)

Delila October 5th, 2012 03:51 PM

I'm a Callanetics fan, but I do prefer the older, Callan-led workouts on dvd to the newer stuff.

Online? I've heard good things about Ballet Beautiful, they've got stuff on dvd, but also online.

The only one of their workouts I've tried (the Classic workout, just re-released on dvd) was way too fast for me.

Aredhel77 October 5th, 2012 04:33 PM

I'm a bit younger (!) but was also going to recommend Callanetics. It's toning exercises that really do work once they start to kick in. Not at all fast and furious, but by heck your muscles will feel it. In a good way :flower:. You can probably find some Callanetics workouts online if you Google it.

Delila October 5th, 2012 06:16 PM

Another thought entirely is to go outside your comfort zone.

Left to my own devices, I'd probably never do anything but barre type workouts, but I've found that I like lifting weights, and enjoy kettlebell workouts.

Two favorites:

Jari Love's original Get Ripped (there's a whole series)

and Art of Strength: Providence

Carolyn October 6th, 2012 04:05 PM

I do chair yoga and aqua aerobics. I've only found one chair yoga dvd. I've never thought to look for anything on line. Duh@moi! Both my classes involve going somewhere to take a class. I live in the country too and don't mind any excuse to get in the car and go somewhere.

JamieLeigh October 8th, 2012 06:52 PM

I enjoy the Turbo Jam workouts! :D They're a mix of martial arts, dance and aerobics and target pretty much every muscle group in your body. Every video I've watched so far has featured a couple of the dancers (actors? exercisers? demonstrators? lol) who don't ever let their feet leave the ground, don't lift as heavy weights or lean over as far as the rest of the group. I imagine if you followed those ladies, you'd be all right to use this system. :)

embee October 15th, 2012 07:12 AM

Since my rebounder died I do stretching and bending while my coffee makes in the mornings. Good way to get things loosened up for the day. :) I also like walking.

browneyedsusan October 17th, 2012 09:34 AM

Thanks all for the encouragement. I did manage 15 whopping minutes of strength and stretching yesterday, and feel the slightest protest in my core and back today. (How sad is that? Just 15 minutes and I'm feeling it?)

I will try to keep after it every other day, and posted in the "weight loss/fitness thread" hoping for some accountability. Feel free to pester me. I really hate the strength/flexibility part. It's hard and boring.

violet October 17th, 2012 07:36 PM

I like to use my kettlebell, it is only five pounds and I bought it at Walmart for about $12.00. They do come in heavier options, but I beleive in starting easy and slow.

spookyghost October 19th, 2012 12:45 PM

This work out is challenging but there is a modified version for beginners. Go on and your body will change. Dont let the absolutely fit girl discourage you from doing her work outs. They are awesome and you can always build your way up to doing the workouts full force.

ETA-I just clicked on the website I just gave and it doesnt take you to their actual website. So I went on google and just typed in body rock and before I even finished typin rock it took me right to it. Its called bodyrocktv so I dont know why it didnt take me straight there...hmm.

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