I love travelling. But you know what? It’s REALLY, REALLY good to be home. Dorothy was right.
There is no place like it.
Granted, I do get to wake up each day in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, with clean beaches on my doorstep … well a 15-minute walk away from my doorstep.
In fact, the beaches near where I live are very well loved and used by locals and tourists wanting to keep active and take in their surroundings.
Now, I wish I could tell you that I’m one of those people who jumps out of bed keen to pound the pavement in the interests of better health.
But I’m not.
Don’t get me wrong. When I actually get out there and soak up the sea air and scenery, I love it.
It’s just the getting me out there bit that I need a good prod up the bum about.
So, rather than have someone else administer that prod, in the interests of reforming my desk-bound ways, three months ago I set about getting back on track with regular exercise.
It’s not the change-the-world exercise regime that would see Michelle Bridges giving me a slap on the back for good effort.
No, it’s more about getting out and getting moving (or doing a few strengthening exercises at home). Stuff that with minimal effort can – and does – have quite an impact on my wellbeing.
Remember in Part 1* where I talked about my thyroid auto-immune condition and how I’ve adapted what I eat to better support my immune system?
Well, through some crazy trial and error I’ve learned what type of exercise works best for me. With the emphasis on crazy. Unfortunately I learned the hard way, thinking that I needed hard core, Biggest Loser-type training to shift some kgs.
Not only did my immune system pack it in every two weeks, taking on whatever bug was going around, but at the end of eight weeks I had PUT ON WEIGHT.
Basically my immune system had said, “rightio, she’s stressing us out, we’re going to have to hang on to these extra supplies in case she never feeds us again”. The same happened doing pram-a-cise after my youngest was born, only the extra *bonus* then was my milk supply drying up and being one of the lucky 10% to get her cycle back two months after giving birth. While. Still. Feeding.
Frustrating with a capital F.
So, what do I aim to do most days**?
1. Be kind to myself. I have a body that can move. I’m grateful for that. Whenever frustration sets in regards to being unable to shift the kgs, I remind myself that it’s just an immune condition. There are plenty of people out there living with much worse. Yep, suck it up sister.
2. Get off my butt and away from my computer. Sometimes I do think the children have been playing a practical joke on me and applied superglue to my chair but then I realise that no, it’s just me and my stupid mental attitude and attachment to my work. Stupid.
3. Just walk. Sounds easy doesn’t it. But I tell you after a crazy over-loaded working start to the year, my sneakers were struggling to even be recognised under a serious coat of dust. We are on walking terms again and that feels good.
4. Twice a week do strengthening exercises at home. Think lunges, squats, tuckshop arm dips, sit-ups and lateral raises. It’s not much and it’s not hard-core but it does get me feeling strong. The list of exercises did come via a personal trainer who thankfully understood that I don’t fit into the one-size-fits-all style of training. And I’m forever grateful for that.
**Please seek out your own advice from a GP or health care professional before starting an exercise regime. I’m not a GP, a personal trainer or exercise physiologist but I have received advice from them over the years. Some of that advice may have been in the early ’90s and fluoro lycra may have been involved. Cardo funk class, anyone?
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