Saturday, June 26, 2010

Exercise Combats Stress

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and think the best way to get back to sleep might be to work out? I had this thought for the first time ever at about 3:30 a.m. this morning. There was some sort of domestic dispute happening outside my bedroom window that woke me up. Once I got over the idea that something terrible was going to go down that would require my calling 911, I was relieved, but wide-awake. I mean, completely awake. I had that post-alarm adrenaline coursing through my veins. It seems that the best way to flush that feeling out of the system is physical exertion. I’ve heard tell that this is an evolutionary relic of our days as prehistoric people, when we had to flee from predators. Interesting concept. The idea is that when we experience stress of any sort, our bodies still want to run away from it. Or confront it. But in either case, it’s a physical response, a call to action to deal with it. Hey, maybe that explains all those people with anger management problems. Whoa. Anyway, so, it’s the middle of the night and I get a fright hearing people arguing outside my window, and I want to reach for my Melt It Off with Mitch video and G-Ball and flush the adrenaline out of my system. Why didn’t I, you might ask. Well, because I’ve recently moved to a second-floor apartment and I rather doubt my neighbor would appreciate those jumping jacks and high kicks. Just a guess!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

10 Easy Minutes Works Your Whole Body

Mitch Gaylord's 10-minute workout consists of 10 moves that wake up your whole body. It's quite different from other workouts I've tried. While most exercise videos seem to focus on a specific muscle group (or what we think of as a body part,) the Melt it Off 10-minute workout has this generalized feel. This is a GOOD thing. I have to say that this all-over workout makes the 10 minutes fly by - it goes so fast when you're not assaulting one set of muscles over and over. And yet, at the end of the 10 moves, my arms feel truly worked out, my hips feel opened, my legs are warmed up from lunges and squats, my core is activated, and my blood is pumping. This makes it a great morning exercise routine. It’s surprising to me that using a 2-pound ball can make my arms feel shaky and challenged. But it’s true. It doesn’t take much weight at all – it’s the repetitions that really tone up your arms. And what could be simpler than a lunge or a squat? You can easily adjust the intensity of these moves to suit your flexibility and fitness level. They are classics for a reason. The weight of your own body is the best tool you can use in your workout!