I have come to the conclusion, that if I could wipe away January from the Calendar, I would do it! Either that or I need to start visiting tropical climates each year. Don’t get me wrong, I like looking at the snow and do think it is beautiful. Once a twice a year. Amy, of Styling Granny Mama, wrote about SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder) recently, and I know it can be hard for people during these months. I used to live in Pittsburgh, and the winters were longer and more grey there than in Charlotte, however, it is still grey here long enough. I find that one thing that can aid in this, and how I feel during these months is to get out and exercise! I am not talking about putting on your running shoes and wicking clothes, jackets etc, and running in frigid temps ( unless that is what you like). I am just talking about doing something to get the body moving.
If you aren’t a gym-goer, but like to work out at home, that is great. I have a treadmill at home, but after years, the incline has broken. As I mentioned last week, I was given the go-ahead by my doctor to lift weights using weight machines. I have always been active and loved to work out. Back in the day, when Step Class became popular, I was a big fan! Then came spinning, which was a great workout-very intense. However, this was all prior to my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and I am unable to do these types of activities, but can do others.
I have always enjoyed swimming, and remember the YMCA classes I took to receive my life guarding certificate. The woman that ran it was a drill-sargent! As a kid, I was scared to death of her, but I did it. I continue to swim as I always feel better afterward ( mentally and physically)
So, cardiovascularly, I can swim, walk on the treadmill, use machine weights. I can also participate in Yoga as long as there is not too much stretching, as I have hypermobility and my joints can dislocate, Nevertheless, I want to explain some ways I set out to acheive my fitness goals.
- Keep a diary. Just of what activity you are doing and your thoughts. Sometimes just writing things down can help aid in motivation.
- Don’t just focus on a number. Fitness is not about how much weight one can lose, but rather, setting small goals that are attainable.
- Find acitivities you enjoy. This is key to sticking with it. If you hate the treadmill, you are probably not going to stick with it. Do you enjoy walking your pups? Tried a dance class?
- Variety is going to keep you motivated. If I were to use the elliptical every day, eventually I would tire of it. If, though, I went for a 2 mile hike, enjoyed the outdoors, swam another day, or took a zumba class, it may just keep my interest!
- Have workout clothes that make you feel good. This doesn’t mean you go in full makeup and hair at the gym, but workout clothes that make you want to get dressed to go to the gym. I use Poshmark ( an online thrift shop) to buy clothes from Lululemon, Nike, Athleta etc. It is all about feeling confident.
- Go slowly. Set small goals. Don’t try and do everything at once. It may be exciting to use machines, etc, but take your time and if it is your first time using machines, get the gym staff to show you how to correctly use the equipment.
- Group classes can be motivating and fun! Try a group weight lifting class, dance class, yoga or Pilates. I know when I took group Spin classes, I always felt them to go by so quickly as I was in really enjoying it.
Let me know, what are some goals you would like to achieve? Tell me in the comments.
Have a great weekend!
Lululemon rose print tank, Nike shorts, Asics sneakers, Nike Dry Fit jacket.