Every now and again someone will ask me, “Cherie, do you still use your Shake Weight?” I stop, smile and then think about how far I’ve come since then. Don’t get me wrong–I loved the heck out of that thing. I did it religiously. Until I stopped doing it religiously. The premise was that you only had to use it for six minutes a day. Let me tell you, those were the longest six minutes of my life! In fact, I couldn’t even do it for six minutes straight; I had to break it up. I would do three minutes, then hop on the treadmill and then finish with the last three when I was done. So did it work? Did it do the job As Seen on TV?
Well, it might have worked. It definitely made my arms tired. And it inspired me to get rid of the arm jiggle/bat wings that I was sporting at the time. Plus, let’s face it–some exercise is better than none. And at that time, I wasn’t really doing any arm/weights work at all so this made me feel like I was doing something! But now it’s time to pack up my Shake Weight for good. Some thrift store is going to be super stoked to get it!
These are my weights of choice now. I don’t shake them. I lift them. A lot. It reminds me of that commercial for Planet Fitness: “I lift things up and put them down.” This is not to slam the coolness of the Shake Weight though. It’s a fun place for someone to start who is thinking of getting into fitness. But once you’re ready and have gotten the go ahead from medical professional, try out the real weights…even a 5 pounder. Come on, it’s fun! I should be lifting today actually, but I’m fighting a splendid earache/headcold thingie. I rarely get sick anymore, which I will say is due to my healthy lifestyle now. So being safe, and scared that with the foggy haze I’m in I’ll drop a dumbbell on my head, I’m taking a rest day. I guess I could do abs and pushups though. Speaking of pushups…
This was another As Seen on TV purchase that I had to add to my early fitness regimen. I’m proud to say that I can now do perfect pushups without these. But again, if you’re just starting out and trying to do pushups with more ease, they aren’t too shabby at all. I had to learn to do mine without them seeing as how in the police academy I don’t think these will be allowed. 😉 Over time I learned that simple is the way to go with working out. For me anyhow… I just need the basics and I’m good to go. An excellent pair of running shoes, my treadmill as a backup, real weights, stability ball, foam roller and I’m good to go.
What are your workout essentials? Have you tried any fitness fads?