Tuesday, September 29, 2015

First Treadmill Session

It was time for the pups to take their second walk of the day but the sky had opened up and rain was hammering our metal roof.

What to do? What to do?  It seemed like a great time to orient them to our treadmill. I thought they'd get on it and down a few times and maybe get used to the beeps and other noises. They clearly had other ideas. I was so stunned that Fionn actually walked that I wasn't ready to catch a short video of him but caught the other three in action.

First up the fair lady, Fionna

Then it's little Reilly. Here's a better video of him.

And closing out our session Hutch who is not half bad considering he has the shortest legs!

Except that Starsky the cat just had to get in there.  Immediately after Hutch got off the treadmill Starsky hopped on. No walking for him though, he just sat on the belt.
I caught a picture of it but my kindle won't let me post it for some reason.

Updating this post.  It's still pouring today so the dogs each did 12 minutes on the treadmill. They were smoother today than yesterday.Fionna discovered that the lead was long enough that she could walk forward, sit down and ride back until she felt the lead get tight then she repeated the entire process until she bored herself. 

Hutch, Fionn and Reilly kept wanting to get on and once again Starsky made his cameo appearance once the last dog was done. He walked up and down as if wondering what's the big deal. Hmmmm I wonder if a cat could be trained to walk on a treadmill?

You can find a TM Update HERE.

Monday, September 21, 2015

DIY Move to Detox Week: Stretch to Ground and Center

I titled this "Detox Week" but having followed my own plan for substantially longer I can tell you that this plan has enough flexibility to be carried out for a month, two months, even three months. I'm still loving it!

You can find the first post in this series HERE.

Initially I was using Yin Yoga for this segment of my daily workout.  I started out with the shorter segments on a Jennifer Kries, Yin Yoga .

Next I used the shorter slide shows from a Paul Grilley DVD,   Yin Yoga: The Foundations of a Quiet Practice .

Then I discovered the most time efficient, yet satisfying choice, a Lastics DVD, Lastics: A Stretch Workout Like No Other / 2nd Ed. My DVD is the first edition and I used the first stretching segment that stretches the back body. I believe it's the equivalent of the back segment, third chapter in this one, lasting just over 13 minutes.

Today my Bellicon rebounder should be delivered. I'll come back and update this rotation as I explore additional DVDS.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Great Duck Island

We've been on Great Duck Island since Tuesday morning. Unfortunately my 4G service is useless. I don't want to eat up all the data on the house owner's account so that's why I've not finished the detox exercise series.

Below is the view off one of the balconies. This morning we watched porpoises swimming of that balcony. No pictures though because we were using binoculars. I have many better pictures but they're on my phone and I can't seem to up load them. We've hiked to the other side of the island twice. It's amazing here. I can't tell you how restful it is to fall asleep to the crashing waves.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DIY Move to Detox Week: Movement of Lymph

You can find the first post of this series HERE and the second HERE.

For moving lymph my initial choices are three of my favorites. T-Tapp - bet you guessed that - Rebounding - preferably barefoot or in minimalist shoes and Walking - preferably barefoot or in minimalist shoes or sandals.

I started my test run using rebounding simply because this option won't be an option while we're on vacation. I'm using an excellent spring rebounder. It's very old. I actually bought it in 2002. It's been used semi-regularly, enough so as to wear the brand name off of the mat. It's still in good shape although I'm sure the bounce is now softer than a new one would be.

I'll be receiving a Bellicon Bungee rebounder for an early anniversary gift after we return home from vacation. I plan to review a bunch of rebounding DVDs from the stand point of using them on the softer bounce Bellicon comparing that to my Springer rebounder.

The DVDs I used so far are:

Starboard - Choosing this DVD was a no brainer. It's easy to craft a 15-20 minute workout at various intensities. It's filmed in a spa setting so it fits the feel of the rotation. You can read a full review of it HERE.  I'll update the review once I try it on the Bellicon.

Fit Prime and KickButt Parts: 6 Day Trainer 6 Day Slam - I've done the Dancey Moves sequence on the rebounder three times and enjoyed it more each time. The segment runs about 22 minutes and lends itself to the rebounder without modifications. The bigger the rebounder the more fun. I can't wait to try this on my Bellicon 49" rebounder! I'll update once I do. Actually, I'll probably do a full review of this DVD at some point. I really like it!

Bouncin in the house with Blanche Black -  Very pricey for the DVD but the download is less expensive if you do downloadable. It's a 20 minute beginner workout but it gets the job done. It has just enough easy to follow variety to keep the boredom factor low, though I do think it would become boring if you did it day in and day out. I'll update the review once I try it on the Bellicon.

Urban Rebounding Ballet Bound - I have this on an old compilation DVD. It runs about 28 minutes but it's easy to stop at 15 or 20 minutes. The lead, Tracey is a bit manic.She had been awarded the nickname "Miss Happy Pants" by some. I expected her to drive me crazy but she didn't. I'll update this or even do a separate review once I try this workout on the Bellicon.

Cardiolates - is another pricey DVD. It's easy to simply stop after 15-20 minutes. The twins bounce higher and roll forward pointing their feet so this one will feel different and possibly higher in intensity. I'll update this or even do a separate review once I try this workout on the Bellicon.

T-TAPP - There are a bunch of T-Tapp DVDs that can be used but my tendency is to reach for T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus. The length is perfect!

Next would be Step Away the inches which I reviewed HERE. Or Step it to the Max reviewed HERE.

T-TAPP Broom  has two walking segments that could work as well.


I just put in place markers for T-Tapp and walking. I promise I'll come back and add links to the workouts I'll be using as well as reviews. I'll also add more rebounding workouts over time. 

You can find the last post in this series HERE.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY Move to Detox Week - Movement of Energy

You can find the first post in this series HERE. My goodness, I made this rotation sound like a ton of exercise! In reality most days it can total between 45 minutes to an hour if you're using DVDS.

I decided I'll put each classification of movement for the rotation in a separate post. The trial run has already been so enjoyable that my brain keeps coming up with additional ways to work the plan. Keeping each classification separate will make it easier to add additional dvds that fit into each particular classification.

The idea is to use DVDs that are either 15-25 minutes long or are broken down into 15-25 minute chapters. The first classification is the "Movement of Energy" and the first thing that came to my mind was Kundalini Yoga and the second thing that came to my mind was Ravi and Ana! So that's what I've been doing!

I decided to use Fat Free Yoga - Lose Weight & Feel Great w/ Ana Brett & Ravi Singh first.
It wasn't a search for weight loss that convinced me to use it. This DVD has has 4 sections that vary in length from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. It also has a deep relaxation and two brief meditations. By using a section a day and teaming the relaxation with a meditation for two additional days I've got 6 days of Energy Work sessions.

I'm editing to add an additional reason for using this DVD that I forgot to mention previously. Peppered through the segments of this DVD are the most positive uplifting statements! They really leave me feeling a sense of self content. I hope they do the same for you.

On day 7 I decided I'll use the 5- minute Energy Medicine Session from Donna Eden's Energy Medicine Kit. 

Anna and Ravi have additional DVDs which are chaptered and easy to break up. I'm also pondering a few other DVDs and will post them here if I go on to try them. If you have suggestions please post them in the comments section. I'd love to hear your ideas and thoughts!

Humankind the third post in this series HERE.