Way before I started changing my life by eliminating the foods that caused inflammation in my gut and joints — exercise ALWAYS played an important part of my daily routine! Even when I was chunky and in pain — I always felt that “moving” and “sweating” was a major part of my life. Even during two pregnancies — I always worked out! Both my parents were diagnosed with very different debilitating health conditions at relatively young ages, and I was determined to change my gene pool, if that was possible.
Back in 2008, with my hectic schedule, I found Leslie Sansone and her Walk at Home Program. The convenience of having DVD’s in your home allows you to work out whenever you have some extra time. I ordered a 2-mile “senior” walk, figuring that if “seniors” could do it . . . so could I! Well — I was wrong. Even though walking was my general form of exercise up-to-that point, Leslie used different steps, moves and muscles which added to the intensity of the workout! Within 10 minutes, I was huffing and puffing and sweating. It took me some time and some diligence, but I worked my way up to a 5-mile walk with weights and workout bands!
Not everyone can find the time to get to a gym or can afford a gym membership. Maybe classes don’t coincide with your schedule. Or maybe you just want to work out in ripped shorts and an over-sized tee shirt! Whatever the reason is — I find at home DVD’s are a great way to get your body off the couch and get moving and sweating!
Working out — even lightly for 20 minutes, kicks your endorphin’s into gear and makes you feel so much better, healthy, positive and light, PLUS sweating aids in detoxing the body. However, before starting any workout program, make sure to discuss it with your doctor for approval. Make sure the program you choose is fun for you so you don’t get bored and once you do, the only thing left to do is . . .