Gym in a Box

Are you a creative person ? Since you are a writer, I imagine that everyone answered : Yes!

God’s gift of creativity helps us with many aspects of life.

Right now here in NL, it is too cold to be exercising outside, but that is temporary ! God decides the temperature, but I can still stay in shape , because I have a Gym in a Box !

Pictured, in my portable gym, are the following fitness items:

  1. A piece of Theraband stretchy band. I hold it in both hands and pull it to exercise arms, hands and shoulders.
  2. A pink rhythmic gymnastic ribbon. This is a shorter length, I ordered it through Amazon for six dollars. I dance with it, and the twirling ribbon is very soothing to watch.
  3. Two tennis balls. Sometimes my husband and I play throw and catch with one of them, and other times I juggle with the balls ! Small pleasures amuse me !
  4. My ballet slippers. I do not have a barre in my current home, but I hold on to the kitchen counter to do my exercises. Ballet helps in maintaining suppleness and flexibility as we age.
  5. My yoga mat doesn’t fit into the box, but I store it under the bed beside my tiny gym box.
  6. Also included in my fitness routine is a two dollar hoola hoop. I have been enjoying these since they were first commercialized when I was about eight years old.

And, since aesthetics are so important, the box itself is beautiful. I store it with its lid on, and tied with a green ribbon, but I leave the shoes on top of it.

God always appreciates a grateful attitude ! It is cold, but I do my ballet exercises in the kitchen, and I say :This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad !

17 thoughts on “Gym in a Box

  1. I bought some of those Therabands a couple of years ago and have never used them. I use tennis balls as a massage tool. Hula hoop? I’m not sure if I ever tried one, but I agree with the first commenter that it seems like a complete mystery how to make it work. Though I admire people who do exercise, I have never been one to do it for more than a couple of days at a time, with a few years in between those times. πŸ™‚ I am not able to do most exercises, at least anything that involves much hip movement, though I can, at 74, still touch the floor, palms flat, without bending my knees. I suppose that’s worth something. I have always liked to walk, but unfortunately with my back/hip problem, I can’t be on my feet for too long without being in a lot of pain. If I am going to be walking any distance, I take my cane and that helps.

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    1. Successbmine, this may be none of my business, but have you asked a physical therapist about your hip? I was unable to walk – could barely get out of my chair – because of my hip at one point, but I was given some physical therapy I could do at home (by my chiropractor, actually), and I am now back on my feet and can bike, do the elyptical (sp?) machine, and walk with a spring in my step! … But if I come to a flight of stairs, I’m suddenly an old lady – knees. :/ ( By the way, I’m about to turn 67.)

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      1. Thank you Annie. Part of my issue is congenital, so that can’t be fixed. I need a doctor’s requisition to be able to get an appointment with a physio, and at the moment I don’t have a doctor. Also, most physios charge more than I can afford. I did have some exercises, but they didn’t seem to improve the issue, so I just put up with it now. It has been worse over the past couple of years. I used to be able to do long walks. I know I sit too long and that has probably contributed a lot to it. But as a writer, when I’m on a roll on the computer, I just don’t want to stop. So I guess in the long run i’m my own worst enemy. πŸ™‚

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  2. Great ideas for keeping yourself flexible. I have stretches that I learned in physical therapy that helps me. I have the bands and 2 hula hoops. The hoops are weighted and just fun to do with music.


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