Congratulations. You’ve developed a wonderful exercise program during the summer and fall. Today, though, snow or rain greeted you when you opened the door. How can you continue your program while housebound, without committing to demanding videos and exercise shows?
My favorite memory of wall pushups is in the high school gymnasium. We would line up and push off the wall, move to the next section, repeat the process, and so on, till we completed the room or gave up. Pushups are easiest when learned with the wall pushup. That form gives your body the right idea about how it should align when you actually begin pushing off the floor.
Stand on a solid surface; you don’t want to be flat on the floor if a rug skids from under you. Facing the wall, place both palms flat against it. Edge your legs and feet backwards until you have achieved a slight incline. Keep your back straight, while using your arms to push the upper part of your body away from the wall. Slowly lean back in to the starting position. Do ten repetitions.
The wall pushup works your arms, chest and shoulders, with an added benefit of strengthening some back muscles.
Stand in a clear area when doing this exercise. Even though sweeping and bending to pick things up is a good exercise, it is not part of the hoops fun exercise.
When Hula Hoops were first introduced, it became a fad which hung around. Any weighted hoop will do; find one to your liking. Start slowly; even if you were the neighborhood whiz years ago, your system has to remember the knack of keeping that hoop up.
Using your weighted hoop for 15 to 20 minutes a day provides cardiovascular benefits. Calories and fat are burned away, and muscles get toned. The most fun part? You can watch your favorite show while doing this exercise, or develop your own form of modern dance while listening to upbeat tunes.
Phone Book Aerobics
Recycle that old, huge phone book (that is not the exercise). Use duct tape to thoroughly tape the book; cover the entire book tightly. Add some color to your new step – use florescent red, orange, or yellow duct tape.
Place the step in front of a wall. That will help prevent someone tripping over it, which is totally possible if the book is in the center of the room. Test your new step by stepping carefully on it. If it wiggles or feels insecure, tape it again more securely, assuring it stays flat. The step should be far enough away from the wall that you do not hit any part of your body on it.
You can time the steps yourself, or find some music that encourages even steps. There are also DVDs, videos, and TV programs for step aerobics, providing cardiovascular benefits and muscle toning.
Take care of yourself
If you are already involved in an exercise program, pat yourself on the back. If you are considering one, check with your doctor and let him or her know what type of exercise you plan on doing. Start slowly and work up. It is a wonderful way to keep healthy and entertained during the long winter months.
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