Wow! Callanetics !
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
One of my only memories of exercise routines that work is callenetics which was a hit in the 1980s. I remember me and my firends getting the book - then the video, and as teenagers doing callentics together to keep in shape. I still recall the effect it had on stomach muscles I didn't know I had.
Well having tried various routines since and not lasted for more than a few goes, I am back to callenetics. Some enterprising person has literally dumped the video onto DVD so I have the joy of 1980s lady Di hairstyles and dodgy makeup colours to look at, but I also have the fabulous 1 hour callentics work out to do.
I have just completed my first 1 hour. I realise I am even less flexible than I thought as I could come no where near Callan's stretching ability, but I know I have done myself a world of good.
My legs ache, my arms ache, my stomach aches. But all the aches are a warm, beneficial ache - one I remember from back in the day. I have been reminiscing for the hour - the thigh stretch, those leg streches and that funny thing you do with your bottom whilst gripping a wall (don't ask!) all bring memories of giggly but well toned teenagers flooding back.
I am back in love with callentics. I can already feel it works, I can see how much distance I still need to go to get my flexibility back, and its so gentle that I know I can keep on doing it! I had forgotten just how much I love callenetics, and I am glad to have redescovered it as it should serve me well over the coming years.......