Thank goodness it is Thursday! Today is my Friday, and I’m needing it!!
After reading Courney’s post the other day, I thought that I would wait to share with you all my idea of fitness and what I do after I explained a few things first.
As you all have read in my journey, I have had several health issues, and they have forced me to rethink what I thought was exercise and “fitness”. See, when you don’t have a monthly cycle, the last thing you want to be doing in strenuous exercise. I just wish someone had told me that sooner.
My idea of exercise has changed tremendously over the past couple years. I never knew that I had a problem with my cyles due to the fact that I was on birth control. That forced me to have a cycle each month, medically. I was running every day. 5-6 miles through the week and a long run on Saturdays that was 10+ miles. I was training and ran the Women’s Half Marathon in Nashville. During that race, my knee started bothering me and I was unable to run for now almost 2 years. What a blessing in disguise!
Then, I turned to the Insanity program, which I LOVED. I still had no idea that I shouldn’t be doing intense exercise during this time. My doctors told me that it might take up to 6 months for my cycles to come back after birth control, so I continued to do what I was doing. (I am not saying that you shouldn’t do Insanity. If you are completely healthy, I highly encourage it!)
I also fell in love with spin during this time. So between, Insanity, spin, and random bootcamp classes, I was hitting my body pretty hard. Although I was still nourishing my body and gaining weight, the exercise wasn’t helping my system any.
So now, I do lots of pilates, yoga, walking, low intensity cardio (jogging, aerobics) 1 time a week, and weights. This is why Luvy bought me my HR monitor. I am monitoring it so that it will stay in a low range. I don’t want to do heart pumping exercising right now until my body has healed.
I use a lot of youtube workouts that are free and DVD’s. I don’t go to the gym or any classes. I just do what I can do at home.
In the past, I never would have called a walk “exercise”. Yoga was something to be done after my long runs to stretch out, now it is my stand alone workout.
Do I still crave intense workouts? Yes.
Do I fall off the wagon occasionally? Yes.
That is another reason I wanted to write this post. I want you all to keep me accountable!
I’m learning to listen and to trust my body. I’m fueling it whenever it tells me its hungry. I give in to cravings. I sit on my couch if I’m too tired to exercise. I’m pampering myself. I know I will be better off for it!
Do you all listen to your body?
Does your body crave high intensity workouts or more mellow workouts like yoga?
Would you all like for me to get a list together of my online workouts and DVDs?