OMG! Is that … is that … forty around the corner?!
Mrs. Dvl and I are staring down the end of our thirties, and it’s starting to feel that way. This has been exacerbated by i)moving out of the city and into the country (and hence no more walking three miles a day) ii)working from home (and not even walking to the car every day), and iii)quitting smoking (and ending up with about twenty to thirty extra-but-worth-it pounds).
So we’ve been plodding along on the treadmill four or five times a week and have plans to add more elements one step (heh) at a time. At this point we’d like to incorporate a more matriculated stretching programme.
We’ve read lots of Web pages and have a good idea of what to do, but having something to dronishly follow along would be a great help — especially if there is an expert helping out in setting the routine. (Oh, note that since we work from home and now live in the sticks, going to a gym or getting a personal trainer is not an option.)
From looking about, it seems physiologists should team up with physicists, because the infinite quantity of videos, tips, gadgets and gewgaws being produced clearly violates the second law of thermodynamics.
A little help and guidance please?
[ul][li]We’re not looking to compete in the Olympics.We don’t want buns, abs, or any other body parts made of inorganic materials.We have very low tolerance for faddish, gimmicky, hip, or trendy shtick.We don’t need to be talked to with extraordinarily exuberant enthusiasm, or like we’re four years old.We’re not stuck in the fifties, where only clinical, Approved by Mr. Science methods are allowed, and we’re fine with color.We don’t care how famous the presenter is, but we do care how educated the person is.We don’t have all day to devote to exercise, but thing compressing an entire workout into twenty minutes is silly. Twenty minutes of just stretching is just fine.We don’t bore easily, but one twenty minute routine on an entire DVD may be a bit underwhellming.Props, if any, should be kept to an absolute minimum.All we want at this part is post-workout, all around stretching. Other things will be added later.We are absolute beginners fitness-wise, so any video or yoga posture that requires a hint of flexibility is right out.[/ul][/li]