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Three winter workouts are making me excited to kick off 2015, and that’s because not only are they workouts, but they are also helping my healing process.
I mentioned in December that come January I would begin training for my first triathlon. But when I was diagnosed with severe adrenal fatigue, I knew that that goal would not and could not be a part of my training and goals.
I am learning to work with my body vs. against my body. Intense exercise creates stress on the body and this stress is exactly what I am minimizing as much as possible.
My doctor said that workouts for me are not the problem, but instead how much I exert on myself and how little I rest when I feel tired (at the time I didn’t realize this was all from the adrenal fatigue).
Based on what I know now and my commitment to healing, I have created a way for me to be active while healing. I began a version of this in December, but I have now fully incorporated these “new” ways of working out – at least to start the year, for the winter: January, February, and March.
Winter Healing Workouts
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They are three fold and include the following….
It’s been almost 2 years since my last Bikram Yoga session. I have missed it dearly. I find comfort in the uncomfortable.
Bikram Yoga is a 90-minute hot yoga session, where the poses are the same from class to class. I like this aspect of Bikram because it allows me to practice and to improve.
I am going back to Bikram because it’s a gentle way to work mind, body, and spirit in a 90-minute session while being present. Bikram Yoga is hard, both mentally and physically, but post-Bikram I never feel exhausted (thirsty, yes!). My stress levels are reduced. My body feels alive. I become re-energized; things become clearer.
And all of the above I know help with this true healing process. My goal is to make it to a minimum of 2 classes per week.
For a very long time, I trained hard for half marathons (see below). Then, for a solid 1-2 years after that, I focused on strength training. Looking back, the main difference in how I felt was that after a long run I’d feel drained for days and after a great 30-60 minute lifting session, I felt energized, strong and able.
For the next 6 weeks, I am doing Nia Shank’s Lift Like a Girl Strength Training Program. I have done a few of Nia’s programs now. I continue to do them because they are simple and sane + they provide results. Nia doesn’t believe in spending hours upon hours in the gym. Apparently, my adrenals don’t either 🙂
Nia’s 6-week program is 3 days of strength training. I will aim for 3 days, but if I can only fit in 2 days, then that’s how the program will go for me.
The 1-Mile Run
I hate to admit this, but I am fairly confident I ran myself into the ground on over-cardio’ing beginning with my first half marathon. The feeling of achievement, speed and the “runner’s high” got me addicted. And for some, this would be a wonderful thing.
For me, it likely wore my adrenals out even more.
My doctor recommended no more than 10-20 minutes of running per day (if at all), and to never do it on consecutive days.
At first, I didn’t know how I’d do this because I am a runner, but then I remembered that healing, not running, is my prerogative.
I decided to simply either get by on just a mile and/or get really good at just the mile.
During the winter, I don’t run much outside (even though I live in California, yes I’m a wimp). I’ll take this training indoors, on the treadmill. I might do it 1-2 times per week, max. If I have the energy, I’ll run it fast. If not, I’ll run just for fun and/or not at all. Regardless, running 1 mile will never take me more than 10 minutes.
All 3 of my winter workouts can be applied to anyone, healing or not healing from an illness. All 3 can be done indoors. And best of all, all 3 are sane and energizing.
Isn’t that the point of working out anyways?