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. The question I’m asking myself is, Am I gaining on getting rid of the remaining fat and loose skin or is it gaining on me? I need to do better on dieting, but I think the new technique I discovered to translate upper body weight to more effort in the midsection and a better workout overall is making a difference already.
I’m doing fairly well on the diet on a day-to-day basis, but I still have lapses. The problem with eating a light supper is you know you can get in a little junk food before bed and still probably not suffer for it except for the extra calories. The problem with that approach is if you mis-calculate you do suffer. It’s also difficult to work out real hard and not think you deserve a reward.
But if I want to lose the fat then I’m just cheating myself when I cheat on my diet. Sure, I’m still losing fat or gaining muscle, but the longer I take to get this fat off the less time I’ll have left to enjoy it. And believe me, if you just rely on exercise to lose fat it’s going to take a long time, assuming you ever get there at all. No matter how hard I exercise, I can always eat enough to gain weight without even trying that hard, which is probably true of just about everyone except lumberjacks and oil-rig roughnecks. So the tendency to cancel out some of the exercise is always there.
On the other hand, between HoopRock which I actually look forward to, and resistance training which I’ve come to enjoy after I get started, I can avoid dieting per se, where you suffer, but just not go crazy with what I eat and still lose fat without ever being depressed or frantic from hunger. If I could do that and consistently avoid the junk I think I could lose it pretty fast.
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 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?”