Friday, June 18, 2010

DAY 313 Friday Favorites & Let's Box!

Hi to my Journal & Friends,

I never would have believed it a year ago... but I am having a blast boxing!

Well, it's a version of boxing, called Chair Boxing. So today, for Friday Favorites I thought I'd do a review of the exercise DVD I recently bought that I'm having so much fun with.

Over this last year, I've read with interest all the advice different bloggers have generously shared about how to be successful at exercising. I may have to do most of mine sitting (for now), yet the principles apply to everyone. No excuses.

Some of those that I can remember, off the top of my head, are:

Find something you enjoy
Do it consistently
Make it a priority
Be patient and work at your own level
Change it up occasionally
Be patient (my hardest lesson to learn)
(what am I forgetting??)

I've had a lot of fun trying things this past year, and now have several things I am able to do at home, that I enjoy (most days, anyway). I don't really have a system, I just change it up as the mood strikes. 

DVD's, I have several now to choose from, mainly for aerobic workouts

Rebounder, I do a gentle "health bounce" where your feet don't leave the mat

Resistance bands, to build upper body strength

Clubbells, which I'm now enjoying since I learned to stop OVER doing it

Walking, which is on my list, but I'm not quite there yet consistently (knee problems)

Stretching, which I do daily to try to get my legs and hip joints to straighten out all the way

So today, I'm talking about one of the DVD's, Chair Boxing. I know most of you can stand and exercise, but sometimes people need a way to sit and exercise, for various reasons. Here is a picture of it:

Before I tried it, I didn't expect too much. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much it got my heart rate going! It's not as intense as following along with Billy Blanks Tae Bo, but it's still a respectable workout. 

Once he warms you up, he keeps up a brisk pace. It is all upper body and some core, and there is a shortie workout that is 18 minutes total, and then the usual longer one, which is 38 minutes.

If you are picky and don't like low budget videos, pass on this one. But it's a good basic workout, and I really enjoy the boxing motions. And the guy leading the exercise is likeable, not annoying like some can be. ;-) This can also be rented from Blockbuster, to see if you like it before buying.

I bought mine HERE which also lists the whole series of Chair Aerobics DVD's.

Here is a very short youtube video of Chair Boxing:

Overall, on a 1 to 10 scale, I think I'd give this for production quality, and 8 for content. For what it's goals are (upper body and core workout in a sitting position), I think it did a great job, and I definitely recommend it. 

From Dr Phil's book: "A common denominator among people who successfully manage their weight and stay fit is that they exercise as a matter of habit."

My verse for today: "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him."

My quote for today: "Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them--a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." --Muhammad Ali

Enjoy the Journey,



Anonymous said...

That is pretty cool. I think that is great that there are videos out there for people who are unable to stand to exercise. Keep up your great work :)

midlife_swimmer said...

I can just see you boxing away :)

Anonymous said...

This is great Loretta. I am so proud of you getting in all the exercise you can do.

When I am at yoga, the instructor constantly reminds us to do the poses at our own level...when we are ready, then we move forward.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

How cool that you found an exercise you enjoy! It sounds vigorous! :D

Today's the last day of the challenge, WLW! Whew! We done it, we did.


foolsfitness said...

Please stop beating up chairs. Oh, wait... your putting them in boxes for a workout?

OK, back to serious (only briefly)

I am a firm believer in that I will not workout. That key is WORK. That is drudgery, people get paid for for or else most people wouldn't do it! I wan to go play and have fun... hence the swimming, volleyball, and bicycle riding.

And it's all about perciverance. (that's so hard I can't even be sure if I spelled it nearly close) All great people seem to have one common denominator. They didn't give up. They kept on chugging along even when they had a failure it didn't mean that they had failed. They learned, they kept on fighting.

Go my ROCKY friend!!!

At Foolsfitness we can not endorse boxing chairs, we only box Chinese food... actually unbox it, oh... an unbox pizza too.- Alan

Christina said...

Woohoo! Great review. I'm glad you're really enjoying this! I like the list of exercise tips. Here's another one: Remember that you're choosing to exercise and that you don't have to. That always makes me try a little harder or not quit near the end. Keep it up, Retta! I LOVE the quote of the day, by the way.

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