I'm 56 and work from home and I know I'm not getting enough physical activity. I've heard that some of the new video games have fitness programs. I wouldn't mind investing in one if they really work without getting too monotonous. Also interested in good tapes or tv fitness shows that are geared toward the 50s crowd. I'd like to hear of any ideas for ways to stay fit without going to a gym.
Wii Fit is a good one to try. I've played it with my granddaughters and I will tell you that it kept me entertained as well as huffing for air. It has yoga training and different "games" that make exercising fun.
Love the Wii Fit as well. It combines basics (tracking your weight, balance) with strength training, yoga, and games that help you work on balance and coordination. After taking your BMI, weight and balance readings, it calculates your "Wii Fit Age" which varies from day to day.
You create a "Mii" that's also used for other Wii games, and you get to choose a male or female trainer (I thought the woman was kind of mean and bossy, so I switched to the man). Besides chiding you for not doing it enough, it also provides helpful reminders ("Did you know that Dad's birthday is in 3 days? Have you considered doing something special like a surprise party?").
I love "competing" against my family on the ski jump game to see who can go the farthest. The tightrope game is a bit nerve wracking but fun. It also rewards you at different levels by unlocking new games to add to your routine. Yoga is relaxing and challenging, and the strength training exercises are actually challenging.
Everyone loves it: my husband, my 7 year old, and mii too.
I've tried various video tapes and fitness tv shows over the years... maybe 6 or 7. My favorite is Denise Austin's "Getting Fit" show on ESPN Monday through Friday at 7:30 am. I find it's the perfect way to start the day. Denise is one of us, a boomer! She is 52 years old, so it's not like you're exercizing with some super model with super stamina. I can go at my own speed and am motivated by her reassuring, encouraging manner. My daughter has also become a Denise Austin fan; she likes her Pilates tapes and watches them with my grandaughter.. Denise Austin is helping generations in my family to be healthier.
Can’t help you out much with Wii exercise programs, while I’ve tried some of the online exercise sites, I just didn’t find them good as having my own DVD.
A few years ago I found the flashing lights and pounding music at my gyms exercise classes really beginning to bug me, so I looked into home video exercises tapes, and found Collage Video. http://www.collagevideo.com.
They are real experts on exercise tapes and DVDs for all ages, fitness levels, etc. In addition to Kathy Smith, Denise Austin and other well known exercise series, Collage has a great selection of videos including dance for fitness , seated exercise, programs tailored to "senior" exercise, arthritis, back pain etc.
The web site lets you search by lots of options and the listing for each video are quite detailed.
But what I really like about Collage how knowledgeable and pleasant the customer service people are. When you call, you get actually get a real live person on the phone! And one who is really knowledgeable about what’s on each different tape, can match you with a single tape or series to fit your needs, likes (or music dislikes!), they are friendly and don’t look down their nose at you if you aren’t a 20 something year old looking to perfect your six pack!
You have to try the Walk at Home DVD's by Leslie Sansone. They are wonderful! There are different levels you can choose from--one mile, two miles,three miles etc. Anyone can do this and you will definitely see results in a short period of time. A two mile walk is only 30 minutes. You will have more energy and get toned. If you are a member of AARP they are offering members good deals on Leslie's DVD's. Check it out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. You can also purchase them at Target or on-line.
There is a company called "Beach Bodies" that is actually a home- business, o r you can just buy the products and program. They have online workouts that you must complete and some people start their own local "meetup " groups to work out. Their PX90 regimen is very popular- they run infomercials and it has also been highlighted on several talk shows. I am not a member but know someone who is and does the business part of it too. If you are interested, just let me know and I will forward her contact details/.