Post # 1
My mother’s asked me for some recommendations for workout DVDs she can do at home. We’ve got p90x and Jillian Michaels, but they are both too difficult/hard core for what she needs. She’s 52, not in great shape but perfectly mobile. Her exercise is pretty gentle, she walks a bit and occasionally takes a dancing or tai chi class (but never sticks with it for very long). She is asthmatic and has a fear of getting breathless (even though I’ve tried to tell her that my asthma is 100% improved since exercising regularly). She doesn’t really believe in breaking a sweat. But I have been worried about her, she eats well and is very happy and hardly ever gets sick which is great – on the other hand, she keeps putting on weight (I think that’s normal for her age) and her own mother needed a hip replacement last year (which she probably wouldn’t have needed if she’d lost weight). So, I want to encourage her to move! She likes music and dancing so something that includes those would be ideal, but something geared towards an older lady would be best (although not too old – she’s not 90). I’m hoping some of the bees might know of a good workout, maybe one your own mothers have used or that you have seen in shops? Any ideas?
Post # 3
@mountain.bride: water aerobics is great. My sister teaches it and I have taken her class once or twice for fun. And it was great, you sweat and get to be in the water. My mom loves it too and she’s in her 60’s.
Post # 4
Hmm… more expensive than a DVD obviously, but what about Wii Fit (or something similar)? My mom is the same age and LOVES it. It’s really fun and has a great variety of different types of exercise.
Post # 5
She can download videos onto her computer from iTunes from Exercisetv. They have tons of stuff and she can vary her workouts so she doesn’t get bored.
Post # 6
My mother had a hard time losing weight recently. Her Dr. ran blood work and found out she had a thyroid problem-making her gain weight. Now she is seeing results from walking, bike riding, and some times can do some Jillian time. Maybe yoga or pilates will help your mom if she has asthma. Even though she speaks very slow I really like Denise Austin’s dvds and Crunch makes some “dance” type dvds too that are decent. Also, my mom did Jazzercize for a while and loved it, not sure if you have that near you, but it really is great for all ages and alot of fun (yes, I admit I’ve Jazzercized lol). A good work out buddy could really motivate your mom too 🙂