Exercise has always been an issue for me. I've always had a hard time finding things that I actually liked.
Have you heard of kettlebells? I hadn't until a few years ago. It seems they've been around since the 1960's where they were invented in Russia. I've seen others have good results with them so thought I'd give them a try.
I have had some endurance issues and was really looking for a low cost option to get stronger without a gym membership. Plus I wasn't quite sure what to expect so I did a bit of research on the subject. I found out that workouts are low impact, and a strength workout combined with cardio. The ‘bell' has a handle on it that you swing around in various moves. People of various fitness levels can do this type of exercise…
I started with the 9 pound (4 kilogram) kettlebell pictured on the right. Women that are more fit than I am could start with an 15 – 18 pound kettlebell, and men generally start in the 25 pound range.
I also bought a Lauren Brooks DVD because it had great reviews on Amazon. I am very happy with the DVD so far. It has a demo section that demonstrates all of the kettlebell moves that are on the DVD. This section and each move is easily accessible if you need to review them at a future time, or you can go through each move demo all at once. She also has a ‘joint mobility' warm-up which I also find to be very helpful, as I've had joint issues. The DVD also contains a 12 minute workout and a 40 minute workout. In my opinion the DVD is well worth the price due to the tips on how to perform the kettlebell moves. When you're swinging a weight around your living room and around your head, you want to do these the right way! Also if you do the moves wrong you could actually do more harm than good.
My first workout, all I did was the demonstration of each move. I was tired afterward but not wiped out. It definitely got my heart rate up, and quickly.
After that, the next day I did the 12 minute workout for the first time. It was much more of a workout than I thought it would be. I like the DVD because you do two different moves for a minute then you get to rest for 30 seconds. The first time, I didn't really need the 30 seconds but after that I was very glad for the rest!
I've done the 12 minute workout 4 times (aiming for 4 times per week) and I already feel stronger, which surprises me as I didn't think I'd feel different for a couple weeks. I took my measurements and am looking forward to about 6 weeks from now to see if those change. I will keep you updated on my progress!
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