Altered Self Wellness – Chronic pain management tips for living a beautiful life in spite of your pain.
Come get fit with me!!
Today’s video is on movement. Come with me as I explore different types of movement and get fit. Movement is an essential part of living healthy. In this video I try a new exercise class. Classes are a great way to add external motivation to your routine. The hardest part is getting yourself to the class. Once you make it there, you will have a plan laid out for you by a professional instructor. You can also find motivation from others in the class. Another advantage to taking the same class weekly is that you add a community of like-minded people working together to achieve similar health improving results. Having a community or group will add to your accountability and help you achieve your personal goals quicker.
After my first surgery I gained 20lbs due to inactivity and emotional over eating. Through mindful living ten pounds have come off. I am not focused on weight loss personally; however, I love to feel fit and be strong. I have quite a journey ahead of me as I tackle getting fit again. I am far from perfect when to comes to fitness or being fit. However building a life around progress rather than perfection ends up being more rewarding with a far greater pay off in the end. I welcome any chance to move as the old saying goes, “if it rest, it rusts.” Movement fuels us spiritually and promotes strength and healing for the whole self. Most of my videos have consisted of me sitting and talking to each of you about chronic pain and living well. I am feeling called to mix it up a bit for you guys.
I want to invite you all to join me as I start this process. As a coach it is very important that I live by example and walk the talk. I feel incredibly blessed because a local gym is providing me the resource to do this. River City Wellness is full of equipment, trainers, and a variety of classes for me to try. I am excited to explore new opportunities and get moving!
I have trained with the same trainer (whom I adore) for many years so it feels weird to be trying new things with new people. It can definitely be a little scary or intimidating to go back to the gym if you have been removed for a while. This class was offered at River City Wellness and it was called Fit Body Express:
A smart way to get fit– A 75- minute cardio, strength training, and yoga fusion class. A perfect blend of 25 minutes of dumbbell strength and 25 minutes of cardio drills executed to timed intervals followed up by 25 minutes of power yoga for flexibility and balance.*FitBody Express is the same format, but gets you fit in 45 minutes to accommodate your busy FitBody Lifestyle!
You cannot judge the intensity of the class by the way I work out because I down grade many movements. When it comes to my hips it is imperative that I limit impact. Having chronic pain changes the way I exercise. I have had to learn how to “pump my breaks” during classes. You will see me in this video down-grading movements, using weights and then putting them down, moving slowly and making sure I am aware of my body. It is incredibly important that my form is correct. It is critical to be aware of your body before you decided to “go hard”.
What can happen when dealing with chronic pain is that the movement I do today can promote a flare up the following day. This can make it difficult to exercise because you do not immediately feel if damage is being done. I like to take it slow in classes, start with less and then build up. This will give you an opportunity to poll how your body will handle the movement over the next couple days. Then increase the intensity the next time you go.
I absolutely adore when I can feel my body getting stronger. Movement also generates more energy and we all know the more energy the better! Living busy, productive and meaningful lives means we have to be able to show up for ourselves.
What types of movement do you adore? Have you tried a class and what did you think? What is your favorite class locally? What is your favorite type of movement? I hope to try out more new things in the future.
Thank you for watching.