After this weekend I’m satisfied the new technique I discovered to translate upper body weight to more effort in the midsection and a better workout overall is making a real difference. It has to be the reason, because I haven’t been doing that great on my diet. I also included my Sunday morning workout with weights to show how I get past Sunday Morning Coming Down, Monday’s way of paying it forward.
I’m just glad that in spite of being a bad dieter, at 67 I can still reduce body fat with HoopRock, JumpRock, and resistance training and now I can do it faster. I’m seeing muscles I haven’t seen in 50 years, which makes me even more anxious to lose the rest of the fat.
This week I thought I’d show you how I get past that blah feeling I’m sure a lot of people have on Sunday morning. Because I can’t get to the weight machine in the garage without waking my granddaughter I just do hand weights in the back yard, finishing up with a few (very few) pull-ups. In my defense I couldn’t do pull-ups for about eight months because of a shoulder problem. Now I can do five on a good day. There’s no talking in the video because I didn’t want to wake the neighbors.
It only took me about fifteen minutes overall, but that was enough to flush out the cobwebs. I’ll probably do the weight machine later in the day which will make Sunday afternoon more bearable.
These are products I use in my Resistance workouts.
These are some of the songs I hooped to this weekend (Oct 24-25), demonstrating “Heavy Hula Hands”, Multiple Hoops, and Arm Hoops. Playlists in each category can be accessed from the videos below by clicking on the Playlist icon or Next and Previous buttons, depending on your browser.
These are products I use in my HoopRock workouts.
I don’t have the personality to be a great HoopRock and JumpRock evangelist.
All I can do is to try and offer myself as an example. So I publish videos of all the songs I hoop or jump to each weekend, allowing people to judge for themselves and see how much fun jumping and hooping can be.
Judge for yourself the kind of shape I’m in, my stamina, and whether I’m having fun or not. If I’m in better shape than you expect to be at 67, or if you don’t enjoy your workouts now, you should give hooping and jumping to music a try. I started exercising every day to feel good, but the real payoff might be the kind of shape I’m in going into old age. Either way, it’s the best possible way I know to get all your cardio and some of your resistance training.
Just hooping without any “add-ons”, such as Heavy Hula Hands, is actually plenty of exercise and more fun actually. But I’d like to burn off the remaining fat, and these offer an additional challenge and conquering them makes “just hooping” that much more fun because it seems effortless by comparison and you have so much more control.
Here are some questions I ask myself to keep going when I used to ride the stationary bike and still today on some nights when I do weights
When you don’t want to work out after work because you feel exhausted but it’s really just lethargy and angst, ask yourself “Do I want to keep on feeling like this? How much worse could working out actually be?”
And during the first few minutes when you’re tempted to quit and just go flop down on the couch “If I stop now, am I going to feel any better than I did before?”