It isn't yoga, but I thought this might be an appropriate thread to continue discussion of different exercises. If not, I can start a new one.
My daughters and I have been following a short, daily exercise routine, in addition to the other active things we do. S has pulled together a combination of movements such as leg lifts, planks, abdominal crunches, and arm circles. The whole routine takes only a few minutes even though we've extended the number of repetitions (or time holding a position) as we've progressed. For instance, on the first day, September 12, we each held a plank position for 35 seconds. Today, the goal is to hold the position for 85. Back at the beginning we were doing 30 abdominal crunches; today it's 85. The goal is to build muscle strength and endurance.
Today I came across this set of exercises detailed in a NYTimes article The Scientific 7 - Minute Workout. We're thinking about incorporating it into our routine. It looks intense, but I figure I can do just about anything for seven minutes.
Has anyone else here followed this routine or have any suggestions?
These days nothing save the savoring of a decent nights sleep, some work in the garden without taxing myself, and the comfort of being here in our home and looking forward to cooler weather and traveling up to NY to spend half of the month of October with loved ones. Amen, 'tis plenty enough for me.
Gad, if it weren't for my dogs and for gardening (which I've been neglecting lately), I'd hardly get any exercise.
I was taking my dogs to a small park close by, but had an uncomfortable situation there. A kind older homeless man has befriended my pooches and always saves treats for them. These are things he has found in his garbage-picking rounds, such as chicken bones. I would rather die than ask him to stop, but at the same time I don't want the pooches eating that stuff.
What does this have to do with exercise? Avoiding the nice man meant finding a different place for dog walking, which means we've been going to the stairs up to the Cerro del Fortín (big hill behind my house) every day. So far it's mostly been only halfway up (but it's uphill to get to the stairs), then cutting across to the route back home. The idea is to go higher every day, until getting to the top is downright easy.
Bixa, that post made me very sad. I'm sure that old man was very pleased to be able to contribute rather than begging, and probably in his youth dogs had to make do with not-very-salubrious food, but of course you don't want to feed your furbabies chicken bones.
The whole thing is problematic, as he seems always to be in that area and carries around many bags for his garbage-picking activities. Since I let the dogs off the leash up a hill around the corner from the park, they always get there before I do and have mobbed the old guy before I could stop them. Also, I've let the whole thing go on without ever saying anything. I'm not the only person who interacts with him, but my dogs are the only ones I've seen who seek him out. I know for a fact someone who lives in a nearby house also gives the man money and food, although he is definitely not a beggar.
Two other things are at play here: 1) there are drunks who hang out in that park and use it as a toilet -- with the dogs usually finding their leavings; and 2) going to the stairs is more and longer exercise for me and for the pooches.