Meets the Gym
it amazing how we can work out on a regular basis and still suffer
the stiffness and soreness that comes from doing just one little
thing differently? Maybe you make a run for your car to escape
a rain storm. The next day your leg muscles are solid blocks of
hurt. Or you shovel snow, work in the garden, or do something
else that isnt a regular part of your daily life. ( Try
riding a horse for the first time and youll hurt in places
you didnt know you had!) The next morning, you might wake
up and wonder what truck hit you and why you dont remember
problem with many workout routines is simply that. They are routines.
Your body tries to achieve a balance when physically challenged.
So with a workout routine that you stick to, you will improve,
up to a point. Once youve adjusted to the challenge of the
routine, unless you make it more difficult or alternate workouts,
youll be pretty much stuck in the same condition, regardless
of your good intentions. Then you are living the definition of
insanity continuing to do something that doesnt work
(as well as you would like, anyway.)
long as you are spending the time, why not get more out of it
by mixing up the fitness routine and adding movements that mimic
the way your body moves when performing basic tasks? Not only
will you jump-start your sleepy fitness progress, youll
be much more resilient when you need to pull off a physical task
without getting "all stoved up," as my friend says.
this months exercises into your workouts. Or alternate them
with other parts of your normal routine. Your own imagination
can be a great personal trainer.
and Sculpt Upper Body
Keep your back straight and your weight in your heels. Slowly
dip your body downward by bending your elbows.
Slowly return to position 1a and repeat 12 times. Do 3 sets
of these, alternating with slow motion sit-ups or another
upper body movement.
and Tone Abdominals
Sit in a chair with a straight back. Balance your weight
on your hands at your sides.
Slowly reach knees toward the chin while keeping your back
straight and your abdominal muscles contracted. Repeat 12
times. Do three sets of these and alternate each set with
another abdominal exercise that you like.
and Tone Abdominals
Make a real effort to contract your abdominals and exhale
as you begin to rise upward from a prone position. When
first beginning, you can tuck your
feet under a couch or have someone hold them. Be sure to
keep elbows back so they are behind your ear level throughout
Slowly continue sitting up with elbows back and legs stretched
out long. Try not to jerk up or pull with your neck. Start
with only the amount of lift you can do without jerking
and work up to more. The key is to be sure to contract and
exhale on every rise and again on every
The key is to be sure to contract and exhale on every rise
and again on every
Strengthen and Tone Lower Torso, Gluteals and Quadriceps; Balance