The fourth week actually went great. I was sore but feeling so much stronger and like I was really owning my time in the gym. I was looking forward to working out and it *almost* felt like routine again. I’ve been lifting strong in the gym and doing a lot more cycling and I started going to the track with my husband on Sunday mornings to do lunges with stair running coming soon!
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I’ve been feeling much better and the gym time has gone a long way in helping me to manage my stress. Which is huge because our life is really stressful right now. For the first time in my life, I don’t feel like I’m handling it and managing it well. If you read a little about my story here, you’ll see that we have typically operated our little family under what I would consider more stress than what would be considered average. And wether it’s a lack of faith on my part, or age related, or just our general circumstances right now- I just don’t feel like I’m “managing” it like I’ve always been able to do. And that scares me a little, because I know that our minds and bodies need a relief from constant stress and anxiety- it isn’t a state in which we are meant to stay and eventually, without relief, the mind and body begin to show the effects of that.
Fast forward to this past Friday. I bent down to tie my shoes and felt my back tighten and a sharp nerve pain shoot across it. It was a blatant reminder that I was stressed out and my body wasn’t going to have it. It was also a blatant reminder that while I’d been getting in shape- I hadn’t been doing any yoga. Big, BIG mistake. I would encourage you that if you are approaching or over 50- if you don’t do ANYTHING else………..do the yoga.
So, while my back is still a little tender, it is much better after doing a lot of gentle yoga, walking and concentrating on anti-inflammatory foods. Much better.
But this is the reality of getting back into shape when you are my age. Fitness over 40, in fact almost 50, isn’t the easiest road you’ll ever walk. Age may “just be a number”, but the previous neglect and wear and tear on the body over the years is REAL. But listen- if this happens to you and you experience a minor set back, don’t let it stop you. Don’t let that be a sign that you need to aim lower. Realize that it’s going to take time to build up. Heal and be gentle to yourself but keep moving forward! I’ll be back to normal probably by tomorrow and back at the gym. But I’m adding yoga as a MUST into my week and my mind and body are both pretty happy about that!
I will still be posting about fitness but it may not be on a weekly basis, and it won’t be solely about my journey like this series was.
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