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My DVD Challenge - Safe and Fit

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

OK Folks, we are on the down slope of this walk through my DVD collection. If nothing else, this has been really good for my fitness level. I’ve worked out harder and with more variety than ever before in my life, so that has been a really plus to this challenge for me.

Today’s DVD is Cindy Kozacek – Safe and Fit – Total Body Workout. This is the second of the three DVD’s from this group. I reviewed the first one, Safe on Your Feet, on May 26.

Safe and Fit is 50 minutes long with 25 minutes of aerobics, 20 minutes of strength training and 5 minutes of stretching. It does go from your head to your toes, so the Total Body part is correct. Like Safe on Your Feet, there are three versions of the exercises presented so that you can work as hard as you like or go at a lower intensity.

The aerobics portion of this DVD focuses on balance and shifting your weight from side to side and front to back. The moves are a little tricky for me as I try to change direction and rebalance my weight. This is the point, as Cindy is targeting the senior population and trying increase agility to prevent and minimize falls. The point of these programs is to make you better able to get around. I know I will improve as I repeat these moves over time.

The strength training is done in a chair and is relatively easy. Heavier weight can be used over time. For some of it, I didn’t use my 3 pound weights at all, but I’m pretty weak! The stretching was very good, like the previous program.

This program took me back to the 80’s and the Elaine Powers Aerobics I used to do – in a good way! If you like the Boot Camp atmosphere, you will not get it here. I like Cindy’s encouraging manner and she is upbeat with no yelling. I definitely broke a sweat with this workout. I actually turned my fan on afterwards, which is unheard of since I am always cold.

I followed the easiest method throughout this DVD, and in some cases modified the moves to be even easier. I know I will enjoy continuing this workout and seeing if I can actually do the most strenuous version someday. That will be a good accomplishment for me.

This morning, I took a walk on the beach that went an hour and a half – longer than planned. I passed a Yoga-on-the-Beach class just starting up.

I had heard about this class recently on a local website. Seeing it in person made me want to try it, so I’m going to contact the instructor. I think it’s normally on Sundays, but the Memorial Day Holiday must have changed the schedule.

Then I saw these bikes for rent.

I am not sure if you can ride on the beach or if you have to stay on the pavement, but maybe one day I’ll try it. There is also a bike trail near here. I have a fear of falling or being hit by a car that is offset by the desire to go fast, so we’ll see.

Once again, I'm in awe of my fitness level. What I can do today and my future goals are equally amazing to me. I owe it all to Spark People.
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    Awesome! Hope you like beach yoga and good thinking about renting a bike to try it out!! Great Job!!
    4076 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    I loved this blog. I checked and I do have some of that DVD series. I will do this this coming weekend when I have the 50 minute period of time to devote to it. My max at night is 20 to 30 if I get home early.

    Have you tried Lilias? She's along the same lines in the way she teaches. I think you'd like her too. Mostly stretching, yoga, very calming.
    4077 days ago
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    Yoga on the beach would be terrific! You have lots of fitness opportunities available. I'm jealous.
    4077 days ago
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