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Sunday, May 17, 2009

I {heart} Step Aerobics

When I find a form of exercise I really like it is best I just stick with it.  Such is the case with step aerobics. 

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For four years now my alarm has gone off just before 5:00 a.m. three days a week.  Yes, you read that right, and no I don’t think I’m crazy.  My friend and I joined this step class and we really, really like it. It meets early because so many must race home and get ready for work.

If you are looking for a new exercise routine or one you might be able to stick with, I offer two suggestions.  Find a class with a really good instructor who likes to change things around frequently.  It is so nice to have variety to keep the class from getting stale and boring.  Number Two ~~ grab a friend to exercise with you.  Having an accountability partner is definitely a major reason I have stuck with this class.  During quick water breaks, we watch the clock together and complain about how energetic our teacher is (even though we love her!)  the whole time we wipe the sweat off our brow.   We even fantasize about leaving and going to Starbucks instead of finishing the class. 

But in reality, we stick it out for the 48 (or so) minutes of step which includes hand weights while stepping and about 12 minutes of abs work followed by 2-4 minutes of cool down to Barry Manilow.  Barry now has new meaning.  It means the end of class has come!  We LOVE Barry! ha!  By reading this it sounds like we really don’t like the class.  We actually really do.  It’s a very good workout and we KNOW we have worked out.  I have brought my cholesterol numbers down as well and maintained my weight through my 50’s.

 

Tomorrow morning my daughter Jamie is picking me up at 6:15.  Her boyfriend and cousin are running a half marathon.  We are going to walk a 10K, which is 6.2 miles.  We aren’t in it for the race and time.  We just enjoy walking together and she wanted to do this since her b/f is in the run.  Trouble is, the temps are suppose to get down into the 30’s by early morning.!  brrrrr  As soon as i finish this post I’m going to dig out my gloves and Yes, maybe even a scarf!

 

What is your favorite form of exercise?

13 comments:

Mildred said...

You are an amazing inspiration. My favorite form of exercise is lifting a cookie to my mouth!!! Seriously, I do like walking in our neighborhood.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Oh dear! I am so ashamed. I need to do something like you are doing! I sit too much and I need to get my colestrol level down and soon! I am on medication but I need exercise badly! Lipitor is sitting on my desk as I write this.
Your post was inspiring! Thanks!

Cathy said...

Have fun and fill us in on the details. I so need to join an exercise class.

Cathy

PS I love your font, how did you add it?

southerninspiration said...

Yes ma'am, you are an inspiration! Good luck on the walk; I know it will be fun.

Suzanne

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Curves! Curves! Curves! Did I mention I work at Curves?! And I'm going to be featured in their magazine next month!!!! So all you ladies out there that can't keep up with Donna here, go to Curves! The workout at Curves is aerobic and resistance training for your muscles! You work out as hard as you want to! That's why it's good for all ages, shapes and health conditions! Okay Donna! You opened the door for me! Seriously, I used to do step aerobics at a gym and I've done Jazzercise and just plain ole aerobics! Am I a excercise fanatic? No! But my weight has been an issue since having kids! I am not good at all about eating right so thank goodness for excercise! You are so right about excercising with a friend! I'm proud of you girlfriend! You must be in great shape!!! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Good for you for staying with it! I really like the BodyJam class at my gym b/c it is very similar to dance and not too "jazzercizey." ;)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You're inspiring me! I've got to get my steps out and do my Firm workout again. I felt better when I was exercising every day. Thumbs up, girlfriend!

Alexandra said...

Hello ~ So glad you stopped by. You stair step class sounds great. I have a three day a week routine, too. Sort of kickboxing, situps, pushups, leg work. It's about 30 minutes. Actually, because it targets the entire body, I feel stronger now than when I ran marathons. And to think all that time I spent running, running, running.:)
Have a great walk!
Alexandra

Bo said...

Hi Donna...I'm baaack from my bloggy break that nearly broke us (check out my post when you have time)...Okay, my idea of exercise is a good, brisk...sit! Shame on me...I know...I do mow the lawns each week & that's about it, but I'm "thinking" of doing more...
really I am! ;-) Bo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Donna, I am so impressed that you get up so early to go exercise. Guess that does away with my excuse that I don't have time. Hope you have a great "walk" and can walk fast enough that you don't get too cold. laurie

prof en retraite said...

Wow! Donna! I admire your persistence! I can't make myself exercise for anything! You have inspired me to try to get myself going again!! Thanks...hugs...Debbie

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