By Sherry Steinman
Making New Year’s Resolutions is simple – but making New Year’s Revolutions goes well beyond that. They can be revolutionary resolutions in terms of improving your fitness level, and could include a variety of choices. No matter what your age and current fitness level, your new choices could positively revolutionize the way you feel by the end of this year.
Put a Spin on It
One of the newer fitness choices is a variation on the old ‘stationary bike’ mode of exercise. It’s known by various names, including ‘Power Spinning’ and ‘Power Cycling.’ Local fitness centers, including programs at the YMCA, offer classes in this no-impact and highly aerobic form of formatted exercise, and it’s a good idea to get the basics of the workout that way first – because it’s not just sitting on the seat and casually pedaling along for a few minutes.
Then, it’s fairly simple to apply the workout to your own ability and then adapt it later on an outdoor touring bike when it gets nicer outside.
Cycling puts your body through a nice range of heart-pumping and muscle-firming activity, and does not shake up your bones or hurt your feet. It is a no-impact way to get a great workout. Following a 40-minute session of spinning, your legs have pumped several hundred revolutions.
For those of you who have not yet thrown out your stationary bikes from years ago, you might still want to do so — as the effort you would be exerting with the updated aerobic spinning/cycling format is beyond the old, clunkier models’ capacity. Just dust it off and put it in a prominent place where you’re more likely to use it to loosen up a little — before you push it out to the trash.
In fact, one of my friends has said that the most aerobic activity she ever got out of her old ‘exercycle’ was shoving it out to the trash pick-up area at the end of her long driveway. If that be the case, do it daily! Retrieving it each night and shoving it into the garage, and returning it again to the trash hauling area may be an aerobic activity yet to be named and marketed. Let’s see – “Aerobic Trashing” may be the next exercise phenomenon, marketed with a woman feverishly shoving the old exercycle out and back daily, wearing appropriate workout wear, and hopping on the device once or twice between hauling.
This year is still new. Today is a very good day to choose an activity you like and stick with it to improve your overall fitness level. Delay no longer in resolving to become more physically fit. and to feel better than ever before when you look back next year to good old 2018.
Here’s to your New Year’s Revolution!