I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had picked up the duration and intensity of my workouts. My labs have all been good, and my kidneys are stable. I now lift weights twice a week, instead of once, and have started doing step aerobics. Now, I do not yet own a step. I used to, but I must have gotten rid of it. I am too cheap to pay too much for one, so until I find one at a bargain price I will just do the steps without it. Trust me you still are getting a great workout, and honestly, if you are new to step aerobics or clumsy learning the steps first, off of the step is a good idea. It is very easy to trip and fall, and injure oneself. I like the Cher video below. I used to do this way back in the ’90s and surprisingly stored away in my brain I still remembered the steps. The teacher of this video has a much more difficult video. I tried it today, and it is very hard to keep up. I don’t give up, though. I do 30 minutes of the step video, starting at the 9-minute mark, and then a 15-minute fitness walking video. That way I get a 45-minute routine and I don’t get bored, which is very easy for me. I will do this for a while and then change it up again. I really like Zumba and the line dancing videos too.
Remember to stay in your target heart zone for exercise. Step aerobics is not low impact and your heart rate will go up pretty quickly especially if you are a beginner. Stay on the floor and leave out the arms if you need to. It is still great for balance and brain training to learn harder choreography than just walking.
On Friday I wrote about how I made our weekly meal plan more kidney-friendly for me. Sunday, today, is technically a new week, but I added it to the Friday post. We are having BLT’s and I had talked about the bread, however, I am going to try an egg wrap to replace the bread. I will let you know how that works out. I am doing that because I am doing low carb after lunch to see if it works with weight loss. Stay tuned.
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