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Resolutions, Resolutions, Resolutions
New Year’s Day has come and gone and we’re all still hearing about New Year’s resolutions. I’ve heard it said that the top resolutions made are about money, organization, and fitness. Maybe one of these is yours or maybe all three.
Some of you may have already given up and moved on while others are still plugging away. For those who have given up--don’t lose hope! You don’t need to wait for January 1, 2012 to get back on the wagon. You can always start again; after all, Summer is just around the corner. For those of you who are still committed--cheers to you! For all of you--here are some of my favorite books and DVDs on staying healthy and fit in 2011.
- The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercise or The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercise
Don’t let the Band Assisted Chin Up scare you or the Spiderman Push Up send you scurrying away. This book is great for those of you starting out, in the middle, or looking for more challenge in your work out. Every exercise has variations, so if you aren’t quite ready for a push-up, perhaps you can start with the modified version instead. The books also include a Q&A section about working out, different plans to follow depending on your goal, and information on nutrition.
Shake Your Bon-Bon
- Zumba: Ditch the Workout, Join the Party!: The Zumba Weight Loss Program by Beto Perez and Maggie Greenwood- Robinson
When it comes to exercising, I’m all about the music. It has to have a lot of rhythm and a great beat to keep me grooving and moving on the treadmill. However, the treadmill gets old and boring so what’s a girl to do? Zumba is the answer. Great music + Dancing = inches off your waistline and a smile on your face. There are several Zumba DVDs you can find in our catalog. From beginners to advance, you won’t be able to stop yourself from shaking your bon- bon. If you prefer group exercise to get your blood flowing, join the rest of the Zumba aficionados at the East Palo Alto Library for their Friday evening free Zumba classes. Yes, that’s right. Free.
One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning--after hitting the gym of course--is to sit down with a cup of coffee, egg whites, and multi-grain toast and watch all of those great cooking shows on PBS. One of my absolute favorites is America’s Test Kitchen. All that comfort food always looks so delicious and I feel as though I can almost smell and taste whichever meal they're making. As someone who can’t find her way around the kitchen, this show is a plus because I get tips on tools and technique. Unfortunately, that slow cooked pot roast prepared last Saturday didn’t look as though it would help me in my healthy mission for 2011. Imagine my surprise when I discovered this little gem in our very own library collection! Light and healthy comfort food from America’s Test Kitchen? No way! But yes, here it is. Food, recipes, suggestions for tools and technique bound up for your pleasure. Enjoy!!
Rebecca A is a librarian who falls on and off the nutrition and exercise wagon. She is currently boarding again.