I am not really that into exercise. I don’t make a New Year’s resolution to join a club to lose weight and get fit. I know that it would be a waste of money. I know that I would only find excuses not go. Besides, there are no clubs here in the valley. The closest one is 25 miles away.
That is not to say that I haven’t at times read about some exercise programs in magazines. These programs promise results and the exercises can be done at home. I have tried some but got bored quickly. The weight training ones I never look at because I refuse to go out and buy a set of weights that will sit in a corner collecting dust. I would sooner spend the money on a good meal out.
Anyway, I finally read about a training program in John Usalis’s newspaper column one week. I thought that this was something I could do. It didn’t involve buying any new equipment. It promised to build muscles. I thought I would give it a try.
Before I describe the program I should mention that I have read and tried those programs that say you can use a can of vegetables as weights. For me this was awkward. My hands got tired holding the cans. They would slip from my fingers and end up being dented not to mention marking the floor as well depending on where I was using them.
The program John talked about used bags of potatoes as weights. Starting with a five pound bag in each hand almost any exercise you can do with a weight can be done using potato bags. I would stand with my arms outstretched holding a bag in each hand. I would also lie on the floor with my hands at my shoulders and then extend them up and away from by body. As with any program the key is to exercise three times a week for at least half an hour.
It was amazing how after very little time the five pound bags became so easy that that I upgraded to a ten pound bag. That really is the neat thing about this program. As the exercises become easy you can increase the size of the bag which would lead to bigger results.
After a bit, I found that these bags no longer were a challenge so it was time to go to a higher weight. Would I be able to do twenty pound bags? It was a bit difficult at first, but after a few sessions I was getting used to it.
Now I am ready for the next step. I will put a potato in each bag.