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Day 3 Exercise

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Aimee88, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. Aimee88

    Aimee88 Well known member

    I exercised yesterday. One job that I do is farm work with learning disabled adults (care farming). Luckily, in the last year, I have become more office based, but there are still times when I'm needed outside doing the farm work. Yesterday I was out with a young man who is very physically able, and we were all over, I walked more than 10,000 steps, and felt quite good. I was also sharing a bit about TMS with another support worker as we walked. And then in the evening, after reading some posts here, I tried a yin yoga class. And today I'm hurting! Not from having exercised, but that other pain. The one that comes and goes. The one that had been gone for a good three weeks. And the new one, the strong pain in my jaw, that started just after the other one seemed to settle.

    I returned to exercise (yoga and walking, mostly, and garden work) in the last month or so, after getting a diagnosis of arthritis and reading that no matter what variety, no one I could find said that exercising would make it worse. So I just decided to get on with it. After starting to read The Divided Mind (about three weeks ago, at the recommendation of my osteopath), with a big 'aha' the pain mostly went, and I have been even more happy to exercise. Before all this, I had been reduced to a slow, short, restorative yoga class now and then, sometimes ending in tears on the mat, and not even always able to do all the poses, and pain killers to get me through a day working out at the farm, and no extra walking or garden work. So, this is really good and encouraging.

    I like feeling strong and being able to do what needs to be done. I've never really been athletic. I have certainly been envious of athletic people. I had awhile that was relatively pain free (about 10-12 years ago) and I was running a bit, doing strength training and really doing yoga then. This last week, I could say that I could feel that some strength training, yoga and a walking holiday would certainly be possible to consider now. Where only a month ago, I was afraid to think that.

    I will be doing yoga again this evening, because I like how it feels, because I can, and because this pain is not from any actual physical problem, so there is no reason not to. (that's me talking sternly to myself!)
  2. Aimee88

    Aimee88 Well known member

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  4. Aimee88

    Aimee88 Well known member

    I did it. I just went where I wanted to go for a walk this morning. A beautiful nature reserve, with lots of trees and clear paths. It felt like I had new legs! And I was observing my thoughts, and taking in the beauty of what was around me. When anything wanted to falter (my mind or body) I just said, I am not that fragile! (that's what I got from Marc Sopher's book) As I was approaching the car, I reminded myself it doesn't have to hurt to sit after walking (even though it has for ages!!), and it won't matter if it does. What a change.
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