Exercise is one of my greatest challenges, and I think it is for most people. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, because I actually do once I’m doing it. But, there is a roadblock in my head that it takes a while to get over. For those of us with Fibro, it’s an even bigger challenge because often we don’t know how much is TOO much. Most of us are (or were) Type A (do it all) people before we got hit with this ‘syndrome’ and now we are stuck between what we want to do and what we CAN do.
I recently got with a local group of bloggers, called Rocket City Bloggers, that blog about all sorts of different things. Each month we try to get on the same train of thought and do a “Blog Carnival”. This month I decided to host the carnival and we landed on the theme of exercise. The reality is that exercise is a challenge for everyone.
Yoga and Tai Chi are probably the most highly recommended forms of exercise for those of us with Fibromyalgia. Angela wanted to share why she loves Yoga.
I Love Yoga: Let Me Count the Ways
Here’s me doing “crooked in eight places pose
I’ve been active in sports and fitness since I was a kid. In grade school I was either being driven to a soccer practice or ballet class – or both in the same day sometimes. I don’t exercise like that now because my life is so different now: married, two kids and not so much free time. Since my life is so different I needed something different from exercise. I needed something to relieve stress. A friend suggested taking a Power Vinyasa Yoga class and I was easily convinced when a Groupon to her recommended studio came up.I still remember my first class with Steffan de Graffenried at UpDog Yoga Center in Huntsville. It was like no yoga class I had ever done before – and I loved it. The class was challenging, I sweat like a dog and the music was great.By the end of that first class when we were cooling down I opened my eyes and I was like “Where am I?” The class was that good that I forgot about all the stresses my disobedient five-year-old son caused me that day. From that day I’ve been hooked.Yoga has done way more for me than just relieving my stress of the day. I’ve realized how much I mindlessly eat everyday. It is recommended that you don’t eat two hours before each class, I can’t really do that because I get hungry all of the time. But I eat a half of a peanut butter sandwich an hour before class and it’s gets me through class and through the rest of the night most days. I was amazed at how when I’d get hungry in class that it would just pass. And when I was finished with class that the hunger never really came back, so I didn’t eat. Since taking the class I’ve been more in tune with when I am really hungry. A bonus to realizing when I am actually hungry is I’ve lost those stubborn last five pounds and I am at my pre-baby weight.The class is also great in that it challenges me every week. There is always some yoga position that’s new to me that I want to figure out and hopefully, master one day. When I took my first class I never thought I’d be able to do the crow, scale or “crooked in eight places” poses, but I have and now I am trying to work on grasshopper and flying scissors.If you are looking for an exercise that’s fun and will challenge you try out some Power Vinyasa Yoga.Angie loves her yoga! She contributes to Tennessee Valley Moms Network (http://tnvmomsnetwork.com/) when her rugrats aren’t asking to show them her latest yoga poses.
As you may have read, lately I’ve been doing a workout that’s a bit more intense than Tai Chi or Yoga. Crossfit is a whole different beast. If you like a challenge and you want to get results and really feel like you’ve worked out, then Crossfit might be the way to go. Every time I go, I can see a bit of improvement (even though lately I’ve not been able to do as much as I was doing the first few weeks because of this side pain).
Carol recently did an interview with a Fitness BootCamp instructor. I don’t know about your area but we’ve been seeing quite a few of these early morning Bootcamps showing up around our area. Instead of using the gym you get to go workout in a park and get some fresh air. I love that instructor Joe Martin says his key to success is “relentless positivity”. I think we could all use a little more of that.
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