O.K.......so, Danna and I walk on Tuesdays, and Thursdays. This past Thursday, June 24th, she tells me that yesterday, Wednesday, she had enrolled in Curves, and was going to go again tomorrow, Friday June 25th. I asked her what it was like. She told me that that they have machines set up in a circle with these recovery boards between each machine. She also said that they honor Silver Sneakers. The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is an innovative health, exercise and wellness program helping older adults live healthy, active lifestyles, through many health plans and medicare supplemental plans. (Go to SilverSeakers.com to see if your health plan is listed as a benefit).I have used it in the past an it's GREAT! I was interested in what she was saying. Danna said to let her know if I wanted to go with her. Later that day, I called and said I would go.
On Friday, at 9:am, we get into her SUV and go to Curves. Since there are a couple of locations here in Ocala, I asked her which one we were going to. She said the one at 500 SW 10th street just before the overpass on the left. Since Danna had already joined, she went ahead and started her workout while Joyce, the owner, started me on my paperwork. I filled out my health history, Dr's information, and of course what was my goal. I told her that I would like to lose a little weight, lose some body fat and basically firm up! She took my weight, and measurements, then put these figures into a hand held machine which I had to hold and squeeze. It calculated what my body fat was. As it turns out, according to the charts, my weight was in the middle, and my body fat was just a couple of points high for my age and everything. So,... my goal is to lose about 10lbs, and to lose the body fat!!
We then went over to the machines. As I got on each one, she explained what each one was for, and how to use them. She said that the machines are hydraulic, and thus gives you resistance like you would have if you were in water. They have Biceps/Triceps, which is double positive machine, meaning it works two directions of resistance; Leg Press,is a single positive machine, meaning it has resistance in one direction; Leg Extension/Leg Curl, double positive; Shoulder Press/Lat Pull, double positive; Ab/Back, double positive;
Hip Abductor/Adductor, double positive; Chest/Back, double positive; and a Squat, single positive machine. These are all strength training machines. Then in between each machine, they have what is called a recovery board. You run, walk, jog or dance in place. These boards are to maintaining the heart rate at a cardiovascular level. You work on each item until you are told to go to the next one. You keep changing machines and recovery boards until your 30 minutes are up.When you start, just start at any available machine or board.
The Curves workout has been proven to be effective at protecting muscle, burn body fat, and raising metabolism. In clinical trials, the LEAST fit exercisers expended 164 to 238 calories during a 30 minute Curves workout, while the fittest burned more than 500 calories.
So ladies,.....an gents.....come on. LETS GET FIT, AN STAY FIT! We all need to take a more healthy look at our lives! Ladies,........We take care of everyone else, why not ourselves?