I was finally able to acquire that Ikea chair to do my 7 minute workout routine. It turns out it’s made out of extremely lightweight unfinished pine. It feels like balsa wood. I bought some wood beams and screws from Lowes. The seat had to be reenforced by putting a beam in the center. I also screwed in additional beams on the legs. All the joints were slobbered in wood glue as an extra precaution. My weight is lighter, but I still don’t trust it to stand on a $25 soft wood chair.
Tomorrow or the day after, I will sand it smooth, attach the seat (with more screws and glue), and apply several coats of clear polyurethane – which should add even more sturdiness to it. I entertained the notion of putting my name on the top and painting flames on it, maybe a skull, but I just want this finished and functional.
My trusty ancient sneaker is losing a bit of its sole. It’s flapping on the heel. Since I’m poor and broke, I can’t rush out and buy some new sneakers. And since I’m strapped for cash, I can’t go my second desired route – buy some shoe goo. I opted to go with super glue bought at the dollar store. I can’t vouch for the quality of the glue, but I can’t beat a buck either. I used a wooden coffee stirrer to push the glue into the wound and clamped it down to dry by putting a ten pound dumbbell on it.
Let’s hope it works and dries by tomorrow – I’ll miss accidentally kicking things in my living room, like my cat.
From the office of Blatantly Obvious, breathing is really important. Your lungs are connected directly to your heart – two of the heart’s four big pipes are connected to it. Blood rushes into the lungs and the lungs infuse the blood with oxygen before returning to the heart to be pumped back throughout your body.
My morning exercise routine consists of twenty to thirty minutes of cardio, and about ten minutes of muscle focus. I can do about thirty minutes of cardio with the normal expectant heavy breathing, sweating, and increased heart rate. That’s fine. It’s when the workout is over, I experience a moderate asthma attack. My lungs feel constricted and I just can’t catch my breath. It’s probably what is known as exercise-induced asthma – something that even pro athletes have.
Back at my heaviest, 316 pounds – I had massive breathing problems. I wheezed most of the time. I had always connected to my smoking or my allergies. I had quit smoking four years ago, and the problems persisted. I switched allergy meeds, and now only have the occasional allergy attack, which is different from my breathing problems. It was the weight.
As I lost the weight, my breathing improved. It’s still not at a hundred percent, as I still have many pounds to shed. But I no longer wheeze and I can have a decent night sleep without waking myself up with violent snoring. But thirty minutes of cardio still takes my lungs about ten minute to recover.
Enter two devices that I bought a long time ago. I never had the discipline to properly use them, but I guess I need to start now.
The first device is volumetric spirometer. You breathe into the device at a steady rate, trying to keep a bobble floating for as long as you can. The second column measures the overall capacity. This will supposedly increase your lung capacity and train your lungs to take longer and deeper breaths, which will supply better oxygen to your blood supply.
The second device is a respiratory exerciser. It looks like a snorkel mouthpiece, but without the snorkel. The idea behind this is that it forces the lungs to work harder in breathing. 25 good breaths a day is what’s recommended. Act like Darth Vader for a few minutes.
Hopefully these will help with my lung power. It can only improve as I lose more weight. I’ve added them to my Amazon store if you’re interested. I bought them a while ago, but like exercising other parts of the body, it requires commitment to a daily routine. I would also recommend to see a respiration therapist or consult a doctor if you are worried about your breathing. I would if I could, but money and insurance are rare these days.
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I’m at 50 pounds and I agree with almost everything in the article. Sound advice. This is relatively a struggle-free life choice.
I apologize to Billy Blanks for saying all those horrible things about him, his family, his friends, his pets, and his planet during this morning’s workout. *wheeze*
Just found my workout montage music. Heh.
The Just Six Weeks app was what I was using to do sit ups. I stopped using it lately because I’m using the “Tae Bo Express” abs module, and its quite a work out. I’ll probably go back to it to tone up after the bulk of my weight loss. It’s a nice little app. It allows for training to do hundreds of reps of: sit ups, push ups, squats, pull ups, and dips. The 3 weeks I did use it I was able to do one hundred sit ups.
One hundred. Me. Chunky monkey. So yeah, it works.
Full work outs app has dozens of exercises to do. I use it mainly for the dumbbell exercises and a quick 10 minute routine. Each exercise has a video loop of the instructor demonstrating the proper moves and a 30 second timer, then it moves on to the next exercise. I have alternating routines for the days I’m not doing Tae Bo.
7 Minute Workout
I’m going to build a 2×4 stool so I can do this scientific 7-minute exercise routine. I’ve made an audio version here to help me. I plan on doing this every morning outside.
Billy Blank’s Tae Bo Workout
For now, I’m doing Tae Bo 4 times a week in the morning before breakfast. I did Tae Bo in ’97 and almost wore out the VHS tape. But before that happened, I digitized it onto DVD. It was a crappy transfer, but it allows me to do the classic Tae Bo workout which was a half hour.
My wife had bought me the “This is Tae Bo” DVD but it was an hour long and my lungs couldn’t handle it. I continued doing the classic workout, bad music and all. I then bought the “Tae Bo Express” DVD and it is now my favorite. It has eight ten minute workouts that are really hard. I try to do three, but sometimes can only manage two. On Saturdays, I do the hour long “This is Tae Bo”