Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have all the gym equipment at home? As nice as it sounds, it is not an option for most people. Since exercise is important, you need to find exercise that is effective. So how do you exercise at home?
Yesterday morning I wanted to get some exercise so I decided to go for a morning walk. After checking the thermometer, as is wise to do in Manitoba, I discovered that it was right around the freezing mark. That would be 32 degrees for you folk who think in Fahrenheit temperatures, and right around 0 degrees for those of you who think in terms of Celsius. Regardless, Fahrenheit or Celsius, it seemed cool for May.
I Put on My Walking Shoes!
I put on my walking shoes. New Balance makes lightweight, breathable shoes. They are excellent for exercising in warm weather—yet they are still sturdy and supportive. They are just the thing for anyone who wants good support for their feet while walking.
I used to have so much foot pain, but a good pair of walking shoes helps remedy the pain.
I went to a shoe store where they measured my feet and I got the proper size and type shoe for my feet.
After getting shoes that fit properly and orthotics to place inside my shoes, I felt like I was walking on air!
You can get custom orthotics, but I just bought the ready-made ones that were recommended to me. They made such a difference. Now I can be on my feet for long periods of time and not mind it at all.
10,000 Steps a Day?
You may remember I wrote a post on walking 10,000 steps in a day. If it is not always easy to get in 10,000 steps a day for any reason, I try for 6,000 or 7,500 steps a day.
Non-weight bearing exercises, can also be a good way to keep fit. Some suggest bike riding and swimming as good options as well.
A Pilates Chair Gives Variety
There are many variations of exercise you can do using the Pilates chair. I find that the Pilates chair can be a great way to get non-weight bearing and weight-bearing exercise.
I enjoyed using my Pilates chair before I went grocery shopping this morning, and I find those 2 pieces of equipment, the Pilates chair and the exercise bike, quite useful when the weather is bitterly cold during Manitoba winters.
Time to Get Outside in the Spring
I want to get outside every day that I can when spring arrives, since I don’t get outside as much in the coldest weather. True to my word, I have been outside to walk almost every day this spring. Today I went for a walk twice, once in the morning and again this evening.
Watching from a Distance
As I was passing the park, a mother and her young daughter were in the park flying a kite in the cold brisk wind. It was a great wind for kite flying, but just a little nippy on the ears and cheeks!
I walked past and of course kept a social distance. It was fun to watch. The mother was quite good at keeping the kite soaring. Needless to say, the little girl still had to learn how to keep that kite in the air.
Bungee Cords or Metal Springs?
I have not yet gotten a rebounder, or mini-trampoline, as it is sometimes called. It is not because I don’t want to. I want to very much. It is on my bucket list of things to do. It just hasn’t happened yet.
I want to get a rebounder with bungee cords this time. We have had several mini trampolines in the past with springs. They have a firmer bounce and are noisier when you use them. I would like to have a noticeably quieter one, so I can use it early in the morning or late in the evening without disturbing anyone.
I also have learned that a mini trampoline with bungee cords gives a softer bounce then one that has metal springs.
My Timex Ironman
I checked my Timex Ironman and realized that today I got in 11,379 steps and the day is not over! My Ironman may not keep track of every detail that a Fitbit does, but it does keep track of my steps.
Meeting with My Friends Online
Since we have been social distancing, my TOPS pals and I have been getting together once a week to have our meetings online. One of the girls was gently complaining that her treadmill had finally given out. She felt, however, that she had good service from it as I believe it was over 20 years old.
Many of us have some type of exercise equipment at home to use when the weather is not nice outside. How do you exercise at home?
Keeping on Track
Since the end of February, 2019, I lost quite a bit of weight. As I expected, I did not lose much weight over the winter, but this spring I want to begin losing weight again.
When it was 20 below outside, salads were not that interesting, and I found myself turning to warm, comfort foods.
It was rewarding to know that I maintained a weight loss over the winter. Now to continue that weight loss journey since warmer weather has arrived. If I lose the weight slowly it is more likely to stay off.
I have been using the intermittent fasting method. I wanted to control A1C levels and not to be faced with diabetes. My numbers were creeping up, so I decided to take it seriously and do something about it.
After losing weight, my A1C levels did go down. It will be interesting to see if they stay down as I would like them to do. I would like to see them go down even more!
The dietitian said that whatever weight loss method I used had to be sustainable. The weight that I lost has stayed off, but I have reached a plateau.
I decided to share this dilemma with you, my blog friends. I need to kick weight loss into gear and watch the scale to continue to go down. If I put it out in the open, maybe I will get back on track and continue this weight loss journey.
One thing I did learn, though I knew it all the time, “Weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise.” I also find that I need to watch the clock carefully to make intermittent fasting work.
Occasionally I will sneak in some extra treat here and there. Not much, you know, but it is just enough to make a difference. And that extra keeps the scale from going down. ☹
Today You Learned a Little More About Me
Most of the posts I have written in the past have been about topics I have been interested in. This post I have been telling you more about myself. Now you get to see a little of the person behind the computer!
I Will Keep in Touch
I will try to keep you informed occasionally, as to whether the scale keeps going down like I want it to. It is said that if weight loss is to be a permanent thing, it will have to result in a lifestyle change. If something disrupts my schedule, then it disrupts my eating and exercise habits. So, I need to be in control of my habits.
When you are younger, your metabolism is not so sensitive. At least mine was not. I could cheat here and there, and the scale would never know. Now that I am older, it made a big difference, especially if I am more sedentary. And that is not a good lifestyle choice!
What I would like you to take away from this post is:
- It is not so important where you are in life, it depends which direction you are going.
- You do not have to be an athlete. Just do the best with the health you have. Preserve it and make it grow better, to the best of your ability.
- It is not OK to be a couch potato. Be active. Do not sit on the sidelines and watch the rest of the world go by.
- Even when you are at home, there is something you can do to make your world a better place. If your world is a better place, it will encourage others to do the same to theirs.
All the best, my friends!
Please Leave a Comment
As always, I love to hear from you, my readers. This post is a little about this and that. Do you have anything interesting from your experience to add to the conversation? I would love to hear from you. How do you exercise at home?
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, or a doctor. Always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional if you have any concerns or questions about your health.