Get moving and start exercising outside the box

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Several readers contacted me expressing they just don’t have time to exercise. Even though I could argue with that statement, let me help you think outside the box.

If this pertains to you, then you have to become creative within your particular lifestyle. How can you find ways of exercising throughout daily activities and work?

We’ve all heard “take the stairs, not the escalator or elevator.” This is actually true. I work in multiple hospitals throughout Houston using many parking garages. I chose to trade in my briefcase for a backpack. I strap it on tight and briskly walk using the stairs — if it’s less than four stories.

Here are some examples from people I know about how they added exercising into their lives.

My fiancé lives in a two-story home. One day, she walked up and down the stairs 18 times. The next day she was so sore she could barely walk it three times.

This is a great leg and butt-toning exercise. Try taking two stairs at a time and deep stretch with each step. If you don’t live in a two-story building, then step up and down on a sturdy chair or stool against a wall.

A friend of mine in League City bought an extra 10 bags of 40-pound mulch. He placed them in the corner of his backyard. Each evening he picks them up and transfers them to the other side of the yard.

Some other suggestions:

How many pushups, situps, squat/thrusts and jumping jacks can you perform during TV commercials?

Buy a $5 jump rope.

Fill plastic grocery bags with canned food and do arm curls while preparing meals in the kitchen.

Turn the music up on house cleaning day and dance like nobody’s watching. You’re guaranteed to work up a good sweat.

The list is endless, so send me your creative ideas.

Selecting a gym

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A comedian once said “I like being married for two reasons: 1) I got really tired of dating, and 2) I got really tired of exercising.”

So, how many of you married people fall into that category? Do you have Dunlap disease? Your belly done lapped over your belt!

Now it’s time to get a gym membership, so you ask, “which is the best gym for me?”

First, you should find the closest gym to your residence. If the gym is too far, then you’ll find an excuse not to go. Convenience is essential.

Second, gym hours are important. Some of you are early risers and getting a workout before work or other obligations is best. A large number of Daily News readers are shift workers. There are gyms that never close except on certain holidays.

Third, what are your goals? Most of us are trying to lose weight and gain muscle. If it’s just losing weight, then almost all gyms will be accommodating because of the variety of cardio equipment. If it’s to gain muscle, the gym must have a variety of weight machines and free weights.

Note: Men, your testosterone levels are highest in the morning.

Fourth, gym costs. Select a gym that fits your budget. My advice is to stay away from long-term contracts. Only buy month-to-month memberships. Sadly, statistics show most people quit after six weeks. Some gyms add extra costs for exercise classes. Just know the person selling memberships most likely gets commission on the amount of your deposit.

Typically, there are discounts for seniors, corporate accounts and family add-ons. Most gyms offer membership specials at the end of month to meet sales quotas.

One benefit of a gym membership is the people you meet. Be friendly and enjoy. Working out should be fun, not a chore and become a lifestyle.

 

Get up and get your body moving with some simple cardio

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

So, you looked in the mirror and found some more wrinkles. You turned around and asked, “why is my butt melting down my legs?” Men, why is your hair falling off your head and landing on your back? Some of you ladies ask, “why are my breasts trying to touch my belly button?”

Well, welcome to the 50-Plus Club. The good news is even though you can’t stop gravity, you can sure slow it down and enjoy a more energetic life.

For beginners, you have to find ways of moving your body in order to increase metabolism — your body burning fat. Start walking, even if it’s a slow pace. Increase your pace, distance and time each week. Your immediate goal should be at least 20 minutes. Anything less will not truly increase metabolism.

You don’t need to do more than 45 minutes or an hour of cardio. If you can last that long, then it’s time to increase your intensity with a faster pace. Quick note: Cardio in the morning on an empty stomach will burn more fat.

For me, it’s leisurely cruises on my bicycle. With this ridiculous summer heat, a bicycle will create a constant breeze keeping you somewhat cool.

Find something that’s a little challenging and fun. Check The Daily News and community websites. There are many organizations that offer a variety of classes. Plus, you get to meet people your age. I know people in their 60s and 70s taking martial art classes.

For those who have gym memberships, find at least three different cardio machines you enjoy and mix it up every week.

You should do cardio a minimal of three times a week. Really, it needs to be every day for best results. It is inevitable that something will come up on particular days to prevent you from exercising, so your goal is every day.