What a difference a week makes when it comes to improving one’s fitness!
Last week, I was feeling a bit frustrated with recovering from the stomach flu. I didn’t get really sick, just tired and not hungry. I was definitely struggling. I stuck to my exercise routine, drank lots of water, took all my supplements, and got back into my weight routines.
Free weights are my friends. Sometimes it feels like a lot of work for nothing, until I get out there one morning and whew, I am just speeding along.
My Minimalist Weight Routine
I do all my weight work with free weights and ankle weights. I have no room for a bench or anything else. I need something I can do in a 6 x 6 space, and put away when I’m finished. All my weights are kept under our bed.
For the arms, I have 5 lb. and 8-Pound Hand Weights. I use the 5 lb. ones for parts of the 30 Day Shred DVD. For the legs, I have 5 lb. leg weights, along with a set of 1 lb. and 2 lb. ones. I use the lighter ones when I’m walking and simply carry them. The heavier ones are for my lifting routine.
My weight routine is part of my pre-bed time routine. I always begin with stretching my leg muscles – calves, hamstrings, and thighs – and then loosing up my upper body with windmills, neck rolls, and twisting my trunk. After doing 5 to 6 sets of situps, it’s time for the weight work.
I alternate daily between arms and legs. Each routine only takes about 10 minutes. For the arms, I use a routine I memorized from a Cindy Crawford exercise video many many years ago. The routine covers the biceps, triceps, part of the upper back, and the chest. When I do my legs, I focus on side lifts, hip abduction exercises, and working the gluteus maximus.
If you want to get started with free weights, check with your doctor, and then find a resource. In my community, I know a trainer that offers $5 classes. Many YMCA’s have weight rooms and staff that can help you figure out a routine that works for you. Also check your local library for a dvd. Ask around. Maybe one of your friends is a personal trainer or can recommend one.
I would start with 5 lb. weights and move up when they become too easy. If you try the 30 Day Shred video, definitely start with the lighter set of weights, and then add in a heavier set. Personally, I find the front lifts to be very hard with the 8 lb. weights; I use 5 lbs. for those. Check Craigs List, Freecycle, and your friends for used exercise equipment. A set of free weights runs about $15 to $25 depending on the size of the weights.
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