Jane Fondas Workout Book by Jane FondaOh-My-God! Knew about the book and her success with the burn but my introduction to Fonda World has primarily been through gossip magazines (affairs, marriages, divorces, relations with father, Hanoi this and that, her religious bent etc. - ala People Magazine and Larry King) in the 90s. Klute and The China Syndrome were great films.
My favorite exercise and self-care book has always been a small-number Transformation - The Complete Beauty Book by Bebe Mukherjee (an Indian author; published by Rupa and Co, 1992 ) but Ive never been disciplined about it.
So when I was at an old book store a few weeks ago getting To Kill A Mocking Bird and a P.D. James book, I got this on a fluke as a trophy even though I need some serious weight-losing too! Ive been on this yo-yo of being very thin a couple of years (105 pounds was the leanest number, especially the years I had a stressful job) and then going very fat the next couple (190 pounds was the fattest I was) and from being healthy thin 4 years ago to right now being between 145-150 pounds.
Generally speaking lets just say that theres no fad I havent read about but in the good old days, I didnt follow anything other than reducing sugars and making exercise a routine (jogging while watching a TV show for an hour).
But Im not 20 or 30 anymore so its harder to get thin because metabolism is slow and motivation even lower but the fact is that as Fonda emphasizes in the book - for me, exercise has never been a priority, or self-service has never been a top goal - and it has to be to get healthy thin - and there has to be a sustained commitment to it.
Well I opened the book today because Ive been feeling puffed, heavy and have this paunch that is ridiculous, so something had to change. I opened the book, went on reading (its written in a nice manner - surprise for me - I thought it would be a nonsense celebrity book, its not. Instead of being a patronizing condescending know-it-all, Fonda actually is gentle and forceful in advice but never Gwyneth Paltrow if you know what I mean!).
Of course her warmup is meant to get every muscle in the body moving, and it did - tiring me out, so much so that I went straight to cooling down exercises!!!! This is what happens when you sit on the couch in front of a computer finishing one book and another, having a sabbatical only for a job and a cup of tea a few months!
The good part is that since Ive exercised before and have always been flexible, the body remembers it all and will catch up soon enough. The aim of course is not to do what Fonda is doing on the cover - rather its to get thin in a healthy manner (have a flat stomach, legs that dont look and feel like log of woods and a single chin!).Lets see what dividends hard work brings!
(Addendum: 26th Aug.: It would have been good if Ms. Fonda had also written that all of the exercises between warm up and cool down are for toning a body that had already lost weight - and NOT FOR THOSE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT - because guess what? I have pain in my ribs, abdomen, tire all around because I swung my arms as Ms. Fonda suggested - I dont know why i forgot the lesson from other exercise books - first lose weight, then try to fix spots and Fondas book, though good, is for fixing spots, not losing weight)
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As a teenager, I was always coming up with a variety of ludicrous excuses for getting out of PE class. To make matters worse, a few years ago, after being dragged to an indoor Spin class, I ended up being hospitalized for five days— true story. Still, I do understand there are enormous health benefits to working out, which is why, every now and then, I go on the lookout for that one exercise class that is finally going to change my life. Even when I tried going to the gym, I had no idea how any of the treadmill machines worked, and always felt silly pressing buttons randomly while others seemed busy sweating it out. Then, about a month ago, I went to see Book Club —that feel-good movie about four lifelong friends whose love lives change dramatically after reading 50 Shades of Grey —and throughout it, I could not stop checking out Jane Fonda. The year-old actress had impeccable posture, svelte legs, strong arms—how did a woman several decades older than me look this good?