With the arrival of the new year comes with it the inevitable thoughts about getting fitter and looking after ones health. I have been a big advocate of health and fitness my whole adult life. In fact, even in my youth I was a member of an athletics club, I ran cross country for my school and county and I avidly pursued outdoor activities like hiking and orienteering. So being fit and active has been with me for decades.
Going to the gym was my sanctuary. It helped me to de-stress, it was a place where I’d forget all my troubles for an hour or two and it had the added bonus of making me feel good about myself afterwards.
With the current pandemic and closure of gyms, those sacred, hallowed spaces, I turned to home workouts for a while. I injured my back quite early on in the first lockdown and I sort of lost my mojo after that.
What to do though? The gyms still aren’t open and besides, as I am turning 50 this year, I feel the need to find a new way of working out and keeping fit. The usual practice of hitting the gym, pumping some weights and swinging dumbells around just doesn’t feel like the right thing for my body anymore.
As we age, our bodies change, whether we accept it or not. I don’t know about yours, but my body just doesn’t behave the same way it used to when I was thirty, or even when I was forty. I have problems with my back in a way I didn’t have ten years ago, my joints are stiffer, I have issues with, what they believe to be, rheumatoid arthritis in my hands and feet, I am more tired these days than I used to be given some of the medical issues I’ve had in the last couple of years, which I have written about here in my blog. So for all these reasons, I think it is time for a change. Anyone else feeling the same way?
But what to do? How can I keep my fitness levels up and my waistline down, but do it in a way that is enjoyable and sustainable and that will allow me and my ageing, creaking body to get results?
Well, we might just have a solution. This Friday evening, 22nd January, I will be pre-launching a Todays Special Value of the Aeropilates Reformer.
The AeroPilates 4 Cord Reformer 435 exercise machine offers a lifestyle and body conditioning regime designed to help strengthen muscles, improve posture, flexibility and balance, and much more.
It comes complete with two DVDs to help you get the most out of your workout and guide you through the exercises to help you achieve your fitness goals. This fantastic machine even allows you to customise the exercises to suit your needs.
I recently posted on social media a question about what it is that stops people from working out at home and the top four issues in order were:
– Don’t enjoy exercise
– Don’t know where to start
– Don’t have time
– Afraid of injury
I really do believe that this Aeropilates Reformer machine addresses all of those issues, and you have 60 days to trial it at home for yourself to find out how it works for you.
But what is the Pilates and what is the Aeropilates Reformer? Well, it is multiple things.
Pilates is designed to contribute to improving posture and co-ordination, strengthen dynamic stability and create a balance between strength and flexibility.
The machine itself is great for all ages and abilities. The AeroPilates Reformer allows you to do low-impact cardiovascular exercise, meaning less stress on your joints. It ensures you perform exercises correctly, working to correct the natural imbalances that arise from daily repetitive stresses like sitting too much and being inactive.
This Todays Special Value Aeropilates Reformer features the Cardio Rebounder, a vertical trampoline to help provide a cardiovascular workout without jarring or putting pressure on your joints. Due to its sturdy stainless steel design, you can even jump up and down on it!
There is also a foot bar included that allows you to perform traditional Pilates exercises that target your muscle tone, posture, flexibility and balance, while the four cords allow you to adjust the resistance levels, making it a great option for a comprehensive and varied workout. Additionally, this Plus model features a high-resistance red cord and a low-resistance yellow cord.
If you are thinking that you won’t have room for this at home, don’t worry – the AeroPilates Reformer 435 folds down to half its size, making it easy to store in your spare room or even under the bed. It also has large wheels, so you can move it around comfortably. It arrives almost fully assembled; all you need to do it attach the wheels and end caps, fit the risers and you are good to go.
There is also a huge saving compared to the price you would pay if you went direct to the brand and, for the first time ever, it will be available on 5 Easy Pay interest-free instalments.
If you are looking for a new way to keep fit and and age well, I hope you can join me on Friday at 9pm to find out more.
Until next time,
Hi Miceal,absolutely agree with feeling like my body is ageing and all of a sudden it’s like everything is creaky and aching!I too have problems with my hands and feet.Fingers and toes feel sore and stiff.I agree keeping moving is the answer but in a way that’s safe and isn’t going to make anything hurt in the process.Love reading your posts as they always lift my spirits.