blog po“There are tons of DVDs out there, 20 percent of them are purchased by older adults, and with few exceptions there is no evidence that they work,” said Edward McAuley, professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois.
McAuley led a new study to test the efficacy of a home-based DVD exercise program for people 65 and older. His results appear in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.
It’s been such a pleasure to see you build various exercise practices into your daily life. I think you’ve been working with a mindset like: “Move often and keep challenging yourself while listening to your body about when things are too fast or too much”. That seems wise and has you in amazing shape considering the health issues you’ve been dealing with! Getting three DVDs was a good idea because variety keeps you motivated.
One thing to definitely keep doing are your supine exercises that strengthen your core and stretch out the lower back. I think you’ve been doing them since your physical therapist from Georgetown showed them to you. A strong core makes everything easier and protects you from back and side pain.
When you work with the DVDs or my yoga exercises, I recommend ignoring the breathing instructions. Your breathing tends to be relatively fast, and so coordinating it with some of the movements would take away from their grounding, mindful qualities. What you can pay attention to, is to make sure you are breathing instead of holding the breath when you’re concentrating.
Here are my comments on your DVDs: