So, if you have been reading my blog posts, you will see that I am learning about exercising. On my last blog post, I imparted the lessons I learned about workout DVD’s and how I injured my shoulder in the process of using one.
When my shoulder was on the mend, but not completely healed, I happened to be perusing the shelves at the public library and came across a book and exercise DVD by Leslie Sansone. Her program, Walk at Home, has been around 20+ years. I flipped through the book and thought that I would give that a shot. After all, walking wouldn’t require me to do anything with my shoulders, would it? I know I must be a glutton for punishment.
So I checked out the book with the DVD. I didn’t read most of the book because it was focused on eating but I did workout to the DVD. Boy, am I glad I did.
The thought that I wouldn’t be doing anything with my arms, and therefore my shoulder, was not quite accurate. The workout did include a few movements with the arms, but it was mostly focused on the legs and walking.
I actually enjoyed it!
My shoulder was sore when I first started the workout, so I was very careful about the arm movements, but you know what? During the workout, the pain in my shoulder lessened and by the end it was almost gone. Turned out that I didn’t need to baby my shoulder, I just needed to move it in the right manner. As my shoulder healed, I found that the exercising was beneficial for it.
(Now, don’t think that I am endorsing exercising when injured, I’m not a doctor so what do I know? I am just telling you what happened with me. It’s possible I could have re-injured my shoulder and then we would be having a very different conversation.)
I was sweating and was not able to do all of the moves but I kept walking. I actually felt good when I was done.
Guess what? That feeling is actually a motivator for me. Go figure. When I get out of bed in the morning, I look forward to getting that walking exercise in before I start my day. I know that I will feel better afterward and I do.
It has been several months since I started working out at home with the Walk At Home program. I’ve purchased a few different ones to try and I will post my reviews of them here. I am exercising six times a week for 30 minutes at a time. I probably could do seven days, but I’ve read that I need to take a day of rest, so that works out fine for me. More importantly, the exercise is not the chore that I thought it was going to be. I can’t claim any miracle weight loss, because I haven’t had that. I can’t claim that I now have boundless energy, because that wouldn’t be true either. But I do know that any regular exercise is beneficial to my body. Now I am doing something that I enjoy working at.
What about you?
What exercise are you motivated to do?
Have you tried the Walk At Home DVD’s?