Since I wrote this there’s been a bunch of changes.
I got an adapter that let me feed video from VHS to my computer. I made digital video copies of the various segments from the VHS tape. This lets me customize things a bit, such as doing a segment multiple times to work out more. Also reduces wear on an already old tape.
After I had a blood clot block blood flow to my lungs (pulmonary embolism) my cardiovascular ability decreased greatly. My main aerobic exercise has been on our treadmill at home. Post-hospital, I started walking around the house. Then I’d walk on the treadmill for an episode of The Hidden Almanac podcast – about 3 minutes. It’s been a slow recovery but I am getting more energy and stamina.
I don’t do this every day. But if I’m doing it, it’s before my shower. I use a copy of the Women At Large: 30-Minute Workout I picked up years ago.
I do make a few modifications. Such as:
- I often sit during the first few starting stretches. This is because I’m not exactly a morning person and usually am dragging my feet on starting. Sitting while doing the opening arm and shoulder stretches lets me indulge my inner foot-dragging 4-yr-old while I wake up a bit more.
- The instructor’s hamstring stretch doesn’t really stretch mine, so I usually do other stretches then.
- The second song has the instructor shifting weight from one side to another with lots of arm movements. I tend to step from one foot to another to get my heartbeat up faster; this also puts less torque on my knees.
- One move involves leaning forward, which would sometimes irritate my back. Now that I do more abs/back exercises, I don’t have this problem.
- The third thru fifth songs are all faster-paced. I tend to do these just like the instructor.
- The floor work tends to relax me and leave me ready to go back to sleep…so I skip it.
Why do I do this?
- It wakes me up. (Remember: Not exactly a morning person!)
- It gets the kinks out of my arms & shoulders.
- It’s enough of a workout to get my heart into the “aerobic range” and make me feel more alive, but not enervated or hurting :)
- It’s good for my health in general & cardiovascular health in particular.