My DVD Challenge - Safe on Your Feet
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This is my third day of going through my fitness DVD collection. Today’s DVD is Cindy Kozacek – Safe on Your Feet – Fall Prevention Workout. It is one of a 3 DVD series that I bought in January 2008, soon after I joined Spark People. It’s offered at CKFitnessonline.com.
Cindy focuses on Senior Fitness. When I first started working out I aimed for the senior market workouts because you could describe my health level as “frail”. Standard beginner workouts were too much for me back in 2008. I have a history of several very bad falls in my life, and I will be glad never to repeat that.
My hips are arthritic and sore ALL the time – I’ve whined about that here many times. Spark People’s “Hip Fracture” article under Health A-Z is a serious wake up call. It states that, “Falling is the most common cause of hip fractures. Usually, this occurs in people older than 50. Older people are at risk of hip fractures because of osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and may be age-related.” And that, “Hip fractures are always serious. They are a major source of disability and can result in life-threatening complications.”
I researched a lot of beginner and senior DVD’s before deciding to spend $50 on this 3 pack. One thing that swayed me was reading quite a few reviews written by younger, healthy people who said these workouts were really good. Every move is presented at 3 intensities. Cindy does it the hardest way and two assistants behind her show the medium and easy ways. When I first tried this, the easy version was very difficult for me.
Safe on Your Feet focuses on foot and ankle moves, squats, and lunges in all directions. The idea is that you are developing the muscular ability to recover from falls before they happen, or as they are happening. The workout uses a straight backed armless chair and hand weights if you are strong enough (I’m not). It goes for 30 minutes.
Over the course of the program, you get in and out of the chair MANY times and do lots of squats and lunges, sometimes using the chair for support and balance. I’m moving very slightly, and a more fit person would of course be squatting and lunging more deeply, so this would give the stronger workout. Cindy has you reaching out with your arms to counter the leg movements so that hopefully you will remain upright after you trip on your rug or a stair etc.
Cindy is an awesome leader with a great, upbeat personality and a calm encouraging manner. I really like the way she presents the material. Her introduction says this video is to improve balance, strength, flexibility and agility, and I think that will happen as I continue with this workout. The warm up and cool down are really good and stretch out your muscles really well compared to some other things I’ve tried.
I did so much better this time than when I tried this in early 2008. It was challenging, and I know I will feel it in my thighs tomorrow. I’m really glad I did this DVD and I plan to keep going with it.
I want to thank all of you who are reading these reviews and giving such nice comments. I was almost going to rest today until I read your thoughts on my last blogs. Knowing that you are interested means that I’m more motivated to do this workout and review. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s workout.