Hip Flexibility, Balance and a 20 min indoor walk

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Part of being physically fit is being flexible and having good balance. People always assume fitness is all about strength and weight loss. That is simply not true. People who lift heavy weights obviously are very strong. But, that doesn’t mean they would have good flexibility or balance. They may, but they may not. People who do aerobics to lose weight, may not have flexibility, strength or balance. Our bodies are a whole system and we should be treating it as such. With that said I am not one for spending hours doing exercise. That just makes me hungry, lol. By picking and choosing my workouts I can get the most bang for my efforts.

Two things that I do to build strength, rather than lifting weights, are three days a week I do 20 push ups and 20 full sit ups. The other two days I do a 30 second plank or longer if I can. I very rarely lift weights anymore.

I have the Fiton app, it is free. I really only use it for targeting certain body areas. I loathe lunges so I avoid workouts that require them. The image below is from the hip flexibility and balance program I did this morning. I actually could only do half as my hips were on fire. I will be using this one until I master it. Try Fiton in your app store. I think you will like it.

This time of year it is very hot in Florida. I do a lot of indoor walking. The video below is one of my favorites. She has simple steps, but you still sweat and move fast. Check it out.


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Sweating on Sunday: Week 2 of Walking Challenge

These stats are for the week of Jan 9-15, 2020.  If you would like to join the Walking Challenge, simply walk 10,000 steps or 5 miles per day and post in the comments each week on this blog, or on my social media.  You can start anytime and just extend your year from your start date.  If you would like to check out my Walking Buddy plan, click here, scroll down to #11.   If you are interested in learning more about the challenge, or to ask about the Walking Buddy Plan, either use the contact form below, or email me at healthbuddymelissa@yahoo.com Walking can be indoors or outdoors, and attainable any way you see fit such as an Aerobics video, hiking, walking, fitness walking video, walk at work, etc.  It would be great if you walk a lot at work to add 2000 steps of non-work walking into each day.

So, how did I do for week 2?  I wear a Fitbit to keep track of my steps each day, then I add them all up at the end of the week, and divide by 7 for my daily average of walking and miles per week.  There are 2,000 steps in a mile for this challenge.  Different devices use different steps per mile.  I walked a total of 87,817 steps for the second week.  That is an average of 12,545 steps per day or an average of 6 miles per day.  So, far I am above my goal of 5 miles per day.  I hope to keep this going, of course.

Below is an indoor Fitness Walking video to help you out on cold, or rainy days, or if you just don’t enjoy walking outdoors.



Sweating on Sunday: How Did I Do My First Week of Walking Challenge?

If you have been reading this blog, then you know I set a goal to walk 5 miles a day which is about 10,000 steps per day depending on what walking device you use.  For me I stick with 10,000 steps per day is equal to 5 miles of walking per day.  From Jan 1, 2020, to Jan 7, 2020, I walked a total of 86,201 steps which is an average of 12,314 steps per day, or just over 6 miles for the first week.

So, as you can see I was well over my 10,000 steps per day goal.  So far so good.  I will post my updates each week on this blog, and if you would like to join in please feel free to do so and leave your results in the comments.  If you would like to have one on one coaching to help you achieve this goal message me at healthybuddymelissa@yahoo.com to request a free meet and greet, or use the contact form at the bottom of this post.

When I walk indoors I search for a variety of styles, intensity, and steps taken.  The video below is 30 minutes in length and it is fast walking.  This video is not for beginners, but it is still a low impact walk.





Indoor Walk To Christmas Music!

Updated 11/12/2021. Since I now work every weekend, my exercise/activity posts will move to Fitness on Friday. I have been trying to set up posts for Sundays but it just is not happening. I still have tons of posts to edit, and update, so that is keeping me plenty busy.

I love finding walking exercise videos with Christmas music.  I don’t use the Christmas ones much after January, but so much fun this time of year.  I like this young lady because she uses dance steps in her walking videos.  It is low impact, and easy enough for beginners too.  She has one from last year, and this year, both posted below.  If you have a Chronic Illness, are overweight, or have not exercised in a long time walking is a great way to start getting back in shape. Check out my Walking Buddy Plan.

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