I cannot overemphasise the importance of physical exercise. Once you’ve gotten out of the habit, it can be a real challenge to get back into a routine. For years I tried to push my lethargic body, only to feel even more exhausted afterwards. It was only when I gained energy from supplementing with Moringa, that I could finally experience benefits from exercising.
There’s another thing I discovered that made a huge difference to how I felt after exercising: I take one Sachet of Ripstix Post Workout after each visit to the gym, which eliminates any sore muscles afterwards. I used to feel like I was run over by a truck after workouts, but not any more since I’ve taken this supplement. It used to feel like I was being unfairly punished for making the effort to exercise – it’s so good to actually feel rewarded now! With the fear of pain gone, I could finally enjoy becoming fit.
I had some other pretty severe physical limitations that made any form of exercise difficult. Apart from partially torn tendons, cyst and bursitis in either one or both my shoulder(s), I also have to be very careful with my knees after several knee surgeries (as it turned out my knee damage was initially also caused by Pyrrole Disorder). Thankfully someone else made me aware of another excellent product that helps deal with any joint and knee issues (and arthritis, which I don’t have). I used to be in constant discomfort but am pain-free as long as I take this natural hydrolysed collagen powder.
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In terms of exercising, I consider it of highest importance to listen to your own body. I instinctively decided to not involve a personal trainer as I was concerned about aggravating existing injuries if I was pushed too hard.
When I go to the gym, I use about 15 different pieces of equipment. The first 20 minutes I do cardio – enough to get the blood flowing and puffing a bit, but not so much that I exhaust myself. Then I do about 40 minutes of weight lifting, swapping between working out my legs, arms and torso. Make sure the weights are heavy enough that you need to make a bit of an effort but not too heavy, so you don’t end up hurting yourself. It’s important to lift weights slowly to avoid injuries. Use equipment correctly to prevent back injuries. If it feels too easy, increase the weights. Whatever you do, don’t strain yourself. Ligament and tendon damage can take a long time to heal and it’s not worth risking that. I take short breaks in between. Once I’m finished with the weights, I do another 10 – 15 minutes of quick up-hill walking on a treadmill. I’m really enjoying this whole routine now, which has become almost meditative.
Apart from going to the gym for at least an hour most days, I also enjoy swimming and bike riding. I particularly recommend swimming in the ocean (if possible) as the sea water is full of minerals. I always feel fantastic after a swim in the ocean!
I occasionally take Bikram Yoga classes, but only when I feel I can handle it. There definitely seem to be major benefits gained: Detoxing, increased strength, flexibility, weight loss and most times a feeling of wellbeing and mental alterness afterwards, etc. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to people who are extremely unfit, though – it can be brutal. If you try this, make sure you’ll hydrate well before and after. Some Bikram Yoga teachers and classes are better than others. Don’t allow anyone to push you beyond your limits. Listen to your body and instincts!
You may prefer a less strenuous form of yoga, and here’s a good start:
I’d be careful with anything that involves vibration plates, particularly if you have joint issues. I tried this form of exercise a few years ago and did enough damage to my weak knees to require surgery on both of them soon after.
Be particularly careful with your choices of exercise if you have Pyrrole Disorder, like I do. You may never have heard of this condition, but it affects 10% of people. You need to be really gentle to yourself if you have this disorder.
Another form of exercise I highly recommend is Kundalini Yoga. This form of yoga goes far beyond physical exercise. There’s a reason they call it the emotional yoga. Any type of yoga comes with some spiritual benefits but Kundalini Yoga is exceptional in this regard. It involves a lot of breathing exercises, and certain movements seem to release emotional traumas from the past. I did this type of yoga twice a day for ten days during a retreat I attended and it had a huge effect on me. I hardly ever cry, but I cried during almost every class. It felt like a lot of healing occurred on a very deep level. If you’re ever in New York City, please go and see Mia Haber from Golden Bridge Yoga – she’s brilliant beyond words! See my recommendations for her details.
Whatever exercise you choose to keep your body fit, as long as you remain active, you have a much better chance of maintaining good health as you get older. It can be a challenge getting started when you’ve been sedentary for years but it’s definitely worth the effort! Any step in the right direction is a good thing – just get started! You can do it! 🙂