How old are you? You don’t exercise? Say that again! Have you been living in another country?
I am a 58 year old man, living in Manhattan. New York City. United States of America.
I do not follow politics, I’m not religious. I live alone and I like it. So what do I do?
I work out. I stretch and breathe and meditate regularly. I cook and eat healthy foods. I’m still learning the saxophone and guitar. I love to sing. I try to mind my own business. Basically I take care of the only person I am truly responsible for. Me. Selfish? I should hope so.
If you’re up for it, I teach a Pilates Mat class at the Paris Health Club on Monday mornings at 7:30. So, you really have to be up for it, and you have to be on time. Anyway, we get the week started with a basic mat class that will warm you up, strengthen your core and make your muscles reach for new levels of long and lean. Not to mention sweat and moan and groan! Join us. And don’t forget to check out Fantone Fitness on Facebook.
Ever try to strengthen your hamstrings without weights? Here is a good exercise for hamstrings. Not only does it really challenge your hamstrings, but it works your glutes and core at the same time. Now, that’s my kind of exercise!
Ok, so for starters, get a 55 centimeter physio-ball and lie down on the floor with it. Put your heels and ankles on the ball and lift up into a bridge from shoulders to feet. Remember, the ball’s job is to throw you down on the floor. Don’t let it! Be ready! Once you get your balance, begin bending your knees and pulling the ball toward you.
Try to push your hips up as high as you can while pulling your feet and the ball in as far as you can. Then slowly return to the start position, but don’t go all the way down to the floor.
Start with a couple of reps if it’s very difficult. Keep practicing until you can do it for at least 15 reps, at least 2 sets.
Now, you must stretch your hamstrings every day. If you don’t have a trainer to do it for you, go to the bottom of the page and click on the link to the Stretch out Strap and buy one. You will thank me for it. It is an indispensable tool for stretching. And it’s cheap too.