Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Exercise...love it or leave it.


We the Chicks have been talking about exercise amongst ourselves and how writing and plopping our sorry out-of-shape selves behind a computer like we do...and so many others do is no way to live a long life.


That means we got to get up and do something...anything to not get writers’ butt along with a ton of other ailments.

So the question is what to do? Going to the store for a bag of Oreos or just one more sprinkle doughnut doesn’t work...I’ve tried that exercise.

Cleaning the house they say is a pretty good workout but I’ve only gotten that info second hand.


Some of the Chicks were talking about the Leslie Sansone walking tapes. I thought this sounded familiar and sure enough there it was in the back of my closet dusty and unopened. It’s the Big Burn tape. I probably bought it because the title reminded me of steak or Cajun or maybe an unfortunate hamburger that I’d eat anyway.

Treadmilling was also mentioned as an option...and of course I have one of those too. I stack my books on it, hang a cat toy from it for Dr. Watson and Spooky and use it for drying sweaters. So I do use the treadmill but I don’t think my way  counts.

Some talked gym membership and that’s always a good idea ‘cause it takes me past the Milford Bakery and the ice cream shop. But the problem with the gym is I keep putting it off. I’m great at finding excuses to Go Tomorrow! Soooo, I never go.

My daughters tried to get me to the gym by telling me I could get a new outfit. I’m a sucker for a new outfit, I think it’s half the reason I started hiking...I like the vest and matching hat.

The only thing that works for me is Zumba ‘cause it’s a class and I have to be there and it’s a sweaty workout so I don’t have to look good. I often wear my same sweaty clothes as they will just get sweated up again. I don’t bother to comb my hair or do makeup as it will just get sweated off. The reason Zumba woks for me is I have to be there at a specific time. There is no putting it off. And if I don’t go I forget the steps and look like a total spaz...even more of a spaz than usual.


With Zumba everyone is so busy watching the instructor they don’t have time to look at the old gal in the corner sweating like a stuck pig. I’ve been waiting 6 years for that burst of energy that’s supposed to come after exercising. It NEVER happens!! I mean never! I go home and pass out on the couch like a dead fish.

I’ve been doing Zumba for a while now, have a Zumba butt that looks okay in jeans but I still have middle rolls that are here to stay unless I want to give up those Oreos and doughnuts.



So what about you? Do you Love exercise or Leave it? Do you have tapes? Do the gym? Walk? Run? Zumba? Walk the dog. Drag the cat? Forget the whole mess? 


40 comments:

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Exercise. I know I need it. My body knows I need it. I'm just not good about, well, doing it.

That said, one of my New Year's goals is to be more active: walking, working out some at the gym, doing yoga... Here's hoping I have better success (and will power) than I have the last ten or fifteen years!

Lynda Turpin said...

Exercising is something always MEAN to get to. I do have a treadmill, and I recently moved it so I could get to it. But I prefer to go walking outside, and I actually love to walk. But here's my problem...there is nowhere near me to walk except down busy roadways sucking up car fumes, and no one in my area to walk with (I was mugged while walking once, and prefer the buddy system now). I would have to drive somewhere to find a nice, safe place to walk, and that just doesn't happen.

When I was working, I used to walk each day at breaks and lunch. I would put in at least 3-5 miles a day. I did a really quick walk to a very nice residential area where there were awesome old houses and tree lined streets, and then slowed to enjoy the walk. And during the day at work, I did computer support for many years and would spend 80% of my time running up and down stairs, carrying computer equipment. Although the last few years, I switched to Computer Security and spent more time sitting on my butt at the computer, so I tried to walk at home in the evenings as well.

But then came retirement and the exercise sort of came to a screeching halt. At first I enjoyed the relaxation, but now I would like to get back to a routine of walking each day. But besides the "no place to walk" and "no one to walk with" problems, I also have the issue that I have so many commitments that even fitting in meals is difficult (although that does help when I'm not getting exercise). But I'm still hoping that one of these days I'll figure out a way to fit it in.

lavendersbluegreen said...

I have been thinking about doing Zumba actually. I am just worried that my bum foot is going to hold me back or get me re-injured. You like it though... maybe time to give it a try!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Lark! I hear you!! Getting into the exercise routine is horrible. It takes me about a NY minute to talk myself out of going to the gym. I can always think of better things to do…in fact anything is better! :-)

Duffy Brown said...

The buddy system is really smart. I guess that’s the reason Zumba works for me…we are all sweating together. LOL. Zumba sure makes the time go fast unlike the tredmill where the time just drags. Good luck, Lynda. If you lived in Cincy I’d drage you to Zumba with me. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

You can make Zumba as stressful as you like. Just baby your foot like I do my back. Take it slow at first. Let me know how you do. We’ll be Zumba buddies together.

Booklady said...

I take a Zumba class at my school. Sometimes, it's hard to show up after a day of dealing with young children, but since I signed up for it, if I don't show up for a certain number of classes they dock my pay. That's one incentive! But mostly, I prefer to walk outside. A few years I took off quite a bit of weight and to keep it off I started walking whenever I would get the munchies. Then I found that I felt better if I got outside a bit every day. Then I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and started participating in the yearly 40 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Zumba burns more calories faster, but I much prefer the walking. It's outside and I can take my camera. It's also easier to ponder life's mysteries while walking than while doing Zumba when the only thing I can think about is not tripping over my own feet.

mary kennedy said...

I've started doing an exercise tape and I am forcing myself to do it at least 5 days a week. It's tough, but I have no choice--it's bitterly cold here and I don't feel like walking around the Mall. (although that's not a bad option and some of my friends enjoy it). I also plan on taking a Zumba class, you have inspired me!!

Duffy Brown said...

You are my hero. I so glad you seem to be doing okay. Outside is much better and I hear you on the tripping over my own feet thing…I do it all the time. Take care of yourself. Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

I am going to do this too, Mary. You are my inspiration. Sometimes I can’t get to Zumba as I work etc but there is no excuse not to put on a tape and walk!

Karen in Ohio said...

Two big things just happened to me: I found an old measurement chart from 1991 that included my weight (which is 24 pounds less than what I weigh now), and my mother's treadmill just came home with us last night.

In 1992, I started writing a book (that I self-published in 1994). My husband used to constantly tell me I'd never finish it unless I "glued my butt in the chair". Constantly.

Well, we can see in that rearview mirror how things turned out.

My 85-year old mother just moved from a one-floor home into an apartment in my brother's new home's daylight basement. She walks up and down the stairs many times a day, to get in and out of the house, but also to let my brother's three dogs out half a dozen times a day, and then back in. Without doing anything else in the way of exercise she's lost almost fifteen pounds since October. And she looks better, and is sharper than she was before she moved in with them.

loveamystery said...

Drove by the new gym and thought to myself, maybe? Got the normal coupon in the mail for the grand opening. Man designed the place, the whole front of the building is windows. Yeah sure I'm going to wave at people going by as I'm "glowing" and mumbling to myself. I drove home poured myself a cup of coffee and had a muffin. Hey I exercised!

Duffy Brown said...

I so wish I weighed what I did back in the 90s and I’ve heard this about having stairs in a house. So glad your mom is doing well and thriving.

loveamystery said...

It takes too long to say New York, Maine is much quicker. :)

Duffy Brown said...

You are the best!!!!!! Why would anyone put windows at street-level in a gym??
I look like death dancing when doing Zumba. I think I’ll spare the world that image.

Grandma Cootie said...

We used to have a "Curves" in a neighborhood strip mall with an all glass front. Exercising with others is bad enough, but where anyone can walk by and see you?? And for some reason my brain always changed "Curves" to "Chubs" in my head - probably imagining they would have to rename it if I joined. And why is everyone at the gym smaller and younger and not panting? I probably shared this story already. I joined the gym with trainer earlier this year to get in shape to help my husband recover from surgery. Three weeks in I had a stress fracture in my foot. Four months later I am still wearing the big boot and waiting for it to fully heal. So much for the daily lunchtime walks I used to take.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a great post, Duffy! I am one of the ones doing the Leslie Sansone tapes. I've been doing her stuff for about 20 years. I love it because of the flexibility of doing it whenever the time suits you and not having to leave the house to do my exercise. They're also really effective. Because I know the routines so well, I MUTE the sound and listen to my favorite radio program for a half hour or talk to my family. Without those exercises (and the MUTE button) I never would have survived the 8 months my husband was in hospital 3 years ago.

I think we all need to find what is right for us!

XO

MJ/VA

Duffy Brown said...

I did Curves for a while too…and hated it! It felt like a club that I never belonged to. I’m so sorry about your foot! And 4 months and still counting. Lordy! Hope your husband is doing okay.

Duffy Brown said...

20 years!!!!!!!! Wow, you go, girl!! I’m totally impressed. You are my hero. I do like that you don’t have to leave the house to exercise. That you can talk on the phone at the same time says just what great shape you’re in! Fantastic.

Grandma Cootie said...

Hubby is doing great, thanks. The exercise worked for him.

The doctor is very tactful about why my foot is healing so slowly - "umm, at your age, and . . . " Then he speaks very quietly "at your weight." Well, yeah, duh, that was the whole point of the gym in the first place, get in appropriate shape for my age and lose that weight. Oh well. I had an old set of "floor" exercises from a Diane Von Furstenberg book (yes, I'm that old) that I could probably do.

Duffy Brown said...

Hey I hear you on the Furstenberg book…I probably have one of those around here too. Hope your leg gets better and as for losing weight…my eternal cry. Hugs.

Peg Cochran said...

Ugh! As a writer I also spend so much time in a chair. Hubby and I joined a gym and when it relocated we joined another one. The best part about the new gym is that it's cheaper so we pay a lot less to not go there than we paid to not go to the other gym.

loveamystery said...

Oh Peg you sound such much like me.

Duffy Brown said...

Price counts. Mine is pretty cheap so it works for me…and it’s close. If I had to drive far I’d never go. Too much time thinking of a million excuses to stay away.

Duffy Brown said...

It’s death by chair.

Karen in Ohio said...

Thank you. It's a big relief, as you can imagine.

Anonymous said...

Hi Duffy: Exercising is as much a part of my day as a shower and brushing my teeth. I'm at the gym by 5:30 each morning before work. I need the group environment to work out. If i work out at home within 10 minutes I'm bored and suddently decide I need to clean out closets. I became an instructor over 10 years ago so staying on top of current trends in exercise keeps my interested and striving to be a better instructor. Now, if I can find the discipline to pass up a carb every now and then....... but what fun is that Mary Louise

Sue said...

I've started going to the gym at least 3 days a week---and usually 5 days. I work out for an hour to an hour and a half each time. I started going 2 months ago---and I've gained 2 pounds!! What am I doing wrong???

LD Masterson said...

I used to run and actually enjoyed it, sort of. Now my knee doctor says no running. (No Zumba, either.) I thought I'd switch to taking the dog for a brisk walk, but Sophie doesn't understand "brisk" and I can't burn many calories when it's two steps, wait for her to sniff and pee, two more steps, and another sniff and pee. So I'm still contemplating a new exercise program...over a nice bowl of ice cream.

Mama Cat said...

My doctor wants me to walk at least 30 minutes a day, which turned into, for a while, a great time for hubby and me to spend some time together talking without book or TV or cats. Dr. doesn't think that going thru the grocery store in one of the senior communities qualifies as 30 minutes, but since I spend more than that for my caregiving client every week, that's it. When we have a little more light at the end of the day, we will start walking again - unless I find a Tai Chi class or something similar that is safe at this point for me. No running or Zumba...not for a while, at least. All the best to you, Ms Zumba! :-) Jeanie D

Rachelle21 said...

I love Curves. I've been trying to go 3-4 times a week. I usually go when they open. Monday, I had a massage at 3pm and then exercise. We have a lady who does chair messages, once a month. I lose inches even when I don't lose a lot of weight.

Kathy Dunn said...

Walk listening to my tunes playing loud in my ears!

Lynda Turpin said...

I'll have to see if there are any Zumba classes near me. How often do you go? To make the treadmill less of a drag, I mounted a shelf in front of my treadmill and put my old laptop on it. That way I can put on a movie or bring up Netflix to watch while I'm walking. It makes the time go much faster, and if I set the treadmill to a slow to moderate pace, I often walk through a whole movie. If I'm watching something with commercials, I increase the pace during them to kick up the workout. Whatever works....

Duffy Brown said...

You are truly my hero. I cannot imagine functioning at 5:30 but what a great way to start the day. I love having people around too, guess that’s why Iove Zumba.
I need to use more of the machines. My daughter was teaching me how to do free-weights.

Duffy Brown said...

but you are in much better shape, I’m sure. I moslty firm up and my butt sure looks better. I can wear jeans! I need to give up carbs…my eternal cry. Good luck to you Sue!!

Duffy Brown said...

Hey, LD, try the elliptical (spelling?) it is much easier on the knees and maybe cycling? My knees are not the best either. Get some a sic shoes as they have a lot of padding. Good luck!

Duffy Brown said...

You go, girl!!!! Curves is terrific but I just never felt like I belonged. They sort of had a club attitude and I was not the in coup. LOL I’m sure it was me feeling stupid about the whole thing. I love chair massages! Lucky you

Duffy Brown said...

This is great and soooo inexpensive. And I lose more weigh when I walk than any other way. It works!

Heather said...

I walk when the weather is decent -- meaning three seasons of the year. I don't get out much in winter, which is why I bought one of the Leslie Sansone walking DVDs. Unfortunately, an upper respiratory infection has prevented me from doing even that this year. :-\

Duffy Brown said...

Another Leslie gal. I so need to get with this program. Hope you feel better soon, Heather so you can get back to it. This year has been horrid for flu and the like.