I never thought I'd write a headline like this except as a joke. But this is for real!
I was disabled for several years of the past decade, and during that time, I put on over 20 pounds. After I had hip surgery three years ago, I thought that once I was active again, the pounds would just melt off of me. But, ha! No such luck. I've done Pilates, tai chi, yoga, taken Zumba classes and walked hundreds of miles. All those activities were great, but no matter what I tried, I never lost an inch or a pound.
So I'll admit that I was a bit skeptical when I saw Teresa Tapp describe her exercise program on a recent PBS show. She claims that you can lose inches in just a matter of weeks with just 15 minutes of exercise a day. But once I tried her way of doing some traditional exercises, as you'll see in the video below, I realized that her method is quite different from anything I've done before. It is a smarter, more efficient way to work out.
I was so inspired that I bought her Basic Workout Plus DVD. Following her directions, I took my measurements before starting the program. Then I did the 15 minute Basic Workout 6 days of the following week. At the end of that week, I had lost 10 inches! I was so shocked, I rechecked my measurements about 3 times! The second week, I lost another 3-1/2 inches. The third week, another 1-1/2 inches. I expect the inch loss to be incremental from here on, as I steadily burn off the fat that has accumulated around my midsection and elsewhere.
I haven't lost any weight so far, but she says that is to be expected. Muscle weighs more than fat. As muscle replaces the fat, metabolism will increase and those bigger muscles will burn more fat. At that point, I should notice some weight loss. Honestly, if I'm losing inches, I don't care that much about how much I weigh.
(I was so excited about my progress that I went back and bought her book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, because I wanted to get more information about technique and the science behind her program. I'm glad I did because I got some good information about how to improve my form. However, if you are just starting out, I think it's better to start with the DVD. Trying to learn the workout from pictures in the book would be difficult.)
I believe T-Tapp offers a lot of benefits for older people. Teresa Tapp has designed her programs to rehabilitate joints and improve circulation. You don't need special equipment. You can do the basic workout in a space just 4' by 4'. You do the workout at home - you don't have to go anywhere or pay gym fees. Remarkably, after just 15 minutes, you do feel like you got a good workout. Still, this is not a tiring routine. I feel energized every time I do it. And I have been sleeping better since I started doing T-Tapp. Thank you, Teresa!