Workouts Oct 10-11, 2014

I post these videos so people can judge whether I’m in better shape than they expect to be at 67, and whether I’m having fun, last week I added another question. Am I gaining on getting rid of the remaining fat and loose skin or is it gaining on me? This week I’m pretty sure I can say I’m gaining

In the past I’ve seen miniscule improvements in both fat loss and less visible loose skin almost every week, and I’ve been doing this so long it’s made a real difference. But the closer I get the slower the improvements; at the rate I’m going I could be 75 or 80 by the time I can truly say I’m lean, so I need to step up the pace.

So I went on a diet a couple of weeks ago and I thought I could see some results last weekend, but I need to be more strict. I can resist cookies, candy and pastry pretty well, but after supper I just can’t resist peaches or strawberries that have been cut up and covered with sugar to draw out the juices. Plus maybe a little more to get a nice glaze just as you eat them. I do pretty well during the week, eating a salad and drinking a V-8 for lunch instead of a sandwich and Coke.

Now even with the miniscule week to week changes ever so often you hit a point where you can see a real difference. It’s like snow melting off the mountains. Detail sort of shows through in the lower elevations as the snow becomes thinner; then one day the details are clear as the last thin cover melts away. This week I can see more detail over my ribs and lower back.

These are some of the songs I hooped to this weekend (Oct 10-11), 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. All the songs from the most recent weekend can be viewed here.

These are products I use in my 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?”

I'll be 70 in less than 6 months (it's Dec 2016 now) and never expected to be in this kind of shape or have this kind of stamina, at any age. Then I discovered JumpRock at 55 and HoopRock at 66. Both are so much fun it's actually easy to get fit and stay that way; this blog is to encourage you to follow my example and be in great shape yourself going into old age - that's all I can promise for now - we'll see how actual old age goes. I'm highly optimistic.
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2 Responses to Workouts Oct 10-11, 2014

  1. Sandy says:

    Keep inspiring us, Rich! I don’t know anyone who can come close to your enthusiasm!! :)

    • Rich says:

      Thanks Sandy. I was really lucky to happen onto both hooping and jumping. It’s the music that makes all the difference. I don’t know any other exercises that let you get into the music as much that don’t require a lot of skill. Or any that are as much fun that don’t require expense and/or location and/or other participants.