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Walkies done

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After learning for the 10th or 20th time that restricting food intake without exercising doesn’t lose any weight, I went for a 30-minute walk. Lovely sunny day, light breezes, on the warm side (72ºF), and I have recently learned how to walk—my Pilates teacher spent some time showing me, and I realize that I’ve not really been using my feet but rather swinging them at the end of my legs like sacks of sand. The feet should be doing considerable work—and my stride shortened when I tried walking per her instructions.

I also broke the ice on Pilates mat exercises: this morning I did just two, and only two repetitions of each, but that’s enough to get me going. Tomorrow I’ll do more reps of each and perhaps add one. I have The Everything Pilates Book, but I started the exercises from The Complete Book of Pilates for Men: The Lifetime Plan for Strength, Power & Peak Performance. It garnered good reviews, and the first two exercises seem quite good. I particularly like (and find useful) the paragraphs describing what your various muscles should be doing. Sometimes it’s hard to grasp.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 June 2011 at 2:56 pm

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  1. Wow, thanks for the recommendation. Bought and will try it. Pilates looks so easy, until you try it! It’s also too bad that most TV shows (biggest loser is one) has fat people running on the treadmill or up the side of a mountain until they collapse. And then they wonder a year later why the poor slub gained his weight back. Pilates is for a lifetime, and you can start with any body size/shape and keep going. Too bad today’s war veterans aren’t introduced to it more often after being injured, since this is where Joseph got started after WWI.


    19 June 2011 at 11:57 pm

  2. I would also recommend The Everything Pilates Book, which provides LOTS of background info as well as detailed instructions on about a dozen mat exercises. It’s out of print, so snap up a copy (at the link) quickly.


    20 June 2011 at 5:54 am

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