My first goal in terms of self care and challenging myself has to do with physically moving-both doing more as well as different things. As you all know by now, I am not a high energy person. I do not have a goal to bike across country or backpack up a mountain. Not only am I not interested in that kind of challenge, it's not my thing in terms of what moves me if you will. Still, I do feel the strong need to explore more options when it comes to movement or exercise., Also, I have been having some muscle pain lately. I suspect there are a variety of reasons for said pain, but I feel sure that at least one reason has to do with the Statins I take for cholesterol. Basically, I feel like what I believe an extremely mild case of fibromyalgia might feel like
Currently my exercise consists of walking (when the weather allows), and taking an easy silver sneakers seated type exercise class. While I enjoy these classes and the walking, this is mainly aerobic type exercise with a few stretches added. I could certainly use more active aerobic exercise, but I also want to stretch and move my body in other ways, as well as treat it well after and before exercising.
To that end, my specific goals through the rest of January and February in terms of physical movement are:
- To walk at least thirty minutes four days a week. Since I don't do treadmills, this may mean driving to Super Target and walking around it.
- To VERY slowly start working on arms and shoulders, via online U tube lessons. Today I bought a small exercise ball and the easiest bands to be found.
- To mediate, starting with yoga three times per week. I've avoided this because my handicaps allow me to neither sit on a mat (if I want to get up), or to bend over and put my hands on the floor. I have since found a modified chair yoga class.
- To get a massage once a month and sit in the hot tub at the rec center at least once a week. For those readers who wonder how this relates, those of us with movement issues and/or chronic pain need the before and after stuff in order to survive the movement stuff. It is what it is. (Note: the hot tub is outside, which may lead me to join the Y instead-I am pondering this one).
- To think about water walking. In the gym. In the winter. I'm an illogical person, and although in my head I know that swimming and then drying my hair and putting on sweats before going to the car does not lead to having a cold, so far I have been unable to get past this one. Even though my rec center has a heated pool. As my late husband would say-it's a personal problem.
As the saying goes though, you never know until you try!