Challenging Workouts

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My workouts some days are challenging especially when my RA is painful and a swollen joint or two. I’ve had followers and friends state they are not sure how or why I workouts with swollen joint, so I want to clarify.  I’ve hade RA since childhood and there wasn’t a lot of excuses and believe it or not I am better as an adult than a child with RA.  I will never compare my flares with others as everyone’s pain is different as well as how each of us is able to deal with the pain.

I really try not to allow my pain unless it is severe dictate my day, so that is why I use a towel. That is my workout towel on my exercise mat.  I use it for extra cushion for my left thumb. There are days I am unable to put pressure on my left hand .  If I try I am fallling over , slipping because my balance is off.  BUT with the extra cushion it really decreases the pressure and impact of my weight on the left hand and I can do my workout without laughing at myself. Yes I do that too and so would you if you saw a rep without the towel.  Now I also use the towel at times for the right knee but not often.

I just want to share if you really want to workout there is a way to adjust and sometimes you have to be created for yourself. Of course I do not recommend anyone to push themselves beyond their level of comfort or safety- KNOW YOUR LIMITS.  I know mine. And for now the towel works.

To a week of pushing through and not allowing RA always dictate our next moves in working out.   If you have a deficit of any kind I am saluting you too- Adjust and Push through.  WE GOT THIS.

LOOKING INSIDE

TRUE, TRUE TRUE, I enjoy working out, I am one that believe it is not an age limit. I know there are individuals of all ages that have limits of mobility, aches and pain. The body immune system does not attack according to age.

I have been blessed to meet individuals of all ages, sizes and definitely ailments.  The one thing I encourage them all as they may say I wish I could walk, run, or be as active as I was before….., How do you feel about yourself.  About yourself, not your physical mirror reflection because sometimes I  run from mine and the picture of my last 5K I should keep running.

Okay back to YOURSELF, the inner you, your greatness, the positive mindset you share with others, how you have assisted a friend, your family, your child, neighbor the mean or nice coworker.  How many hours of sleep have you forsaken to assist someone, the compliments you give, your smile, your laughter, your hug, your nod was great too.  There is so many more words to describe the inner beauty of you just take a moment and look inside.  YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.

To the moments you are LOOKING INSIDE and the beauty of it all, Have a GREAT ONE>

My Workouts Can Make Me CRAZY

Yes, crazy not because they are too hard it’s the adjustment.  I have rheumatoid arthritis and have since childhood and some days I have to think fast to modify.  My workouts all have modifier which maybe too easy for me (I like to get the most out of my workouts).  I do then have to either adjust an extremity to not cause injury.  An example is a lunge, but of course there is not just one.  I have to decide how far I will be able to extend the leg or bend the knee and sometimes this is not always easy.  NO I will not just stop, I will adjust.
Another challenge I sometimes have are push ups, some days it’s a knee push-up, but when it’s that one knee and the thumb of one hand I was lost until I researched and there is another solution.  I have to position my body the correct distance from the wall and do wall push ups and Yes you feel the workout.
So, yes this makes me crazy because I am not happy with going through the motion of a workout feeling as if I have not worked out. Now on the flip of this after I adjust through either a few reps and sometimes few sets my extremity warms up and I am full into the workout which is usually the last set.
I do sometimes think how would I feel if I’d stop and wait another day, well, nah just a thought. I know my body and mind if I accept one excuse I will continue to make another and another then I’m full of excuses and anger for making and accepting the excused them I’m even more crazy.
Yes, my workouts make me crazy to resolve and adjustment to warm up a joint, but NEVER do I have the desire to STOP.
My advice to anyone who wants to stop with an ache (not to cause injury) ADJUST dont’t STOP.
To a week of Greatness in your workouts, you’re the best.

Are You Willing to Risk Your EGO

Are you? I’m asking this question because it is our EGO that affects our behavior when we as many say “step outside of the box”.  Our “comfort zone” in life really prevents our greatness from being unleash.

Now I will share my story of “My EGO”.  Yes I had one and so do you, but I am speaking of me.  When I begin my fitness journey. Okay that is incorrect because I have been on a fitness journey since my teens early adult, yep awhile back so what.  My journey in the early years was of me on and off again dieting, working out and my eating disorder was high then low; all those behaviors except when I worked out were abnormal, unhealthy and breaking my body down instead of building it up. However ,  I was a little cute but unhealthy as hell. This  is why I call my current journey , “the real fitness journey”.

Back to the ego, beginning my fitness journey I was a bit uneasy, I am no longer the young gal and I was overweight and with kids.  My body was lacking in continuous healthy nutrition, I was 15/85 which is 15 healthy and you know what the 85 was.  I didn’t want to hear my friends tell me as a few still do and they are in the health field. “Why are you doing this now, girl you was okay with the way you looked, are you afraid of lifting weights, afraid of running, and on and on.  I allowed these words to penetrate my mind and I delayed actually beginning  my journey.  My ego did not want to hear what I knew was coming.  I didn’t want to be considered out of my circle and talked about and what if ….” I fail”. Maybe I couldn’t stay focus and just fail.

Nope I put on my “big girl draws (underwear)”, and begin my journey.  Do I hear the negative, uh huh and it has a value of zero.  It’s my journey my fitness and my ego has declined anyone negativity.  I am on it now.

As for you, “are you willing to risk your EGO?  I bet there is greatness in. You, time to unleash.  To a greater week than last week, YOU ARE AWESOME.

Dehydration – During and Post Workout

There are days my workouts really dehydrate me and I drink a gallon of water and some days a few ounces less and other days more.  This as I mentioned in a previous blog when I am giving a 110 or 20 during a workout and the sweat is rolling (sorry ladies, I know a few still prefer perspire) from every office and pore in my body I note  later my lips and skin will dry out.

The sports drinks really do nothing for me, zip , well they quench my thirst.  I do enjoy HYDRATE a powder you mix with water.  This does my body great during workout and if I remember is great post workout.  Not only does HYDRATE assist with my dehydration it also assist with my leg and quad cramps.  I will admit I have sometimes mix my Hydrate with Pedilyte.

What is your choice of hydration? To a healthier you and great workouts.

Sore Achy Muscles- How Do I Resolve

Much as I love to workout someday, especially on the days I am giving my workout a 110 or 20 my muscles feel the workout later.  The lactic acid in the muscle build up and my muscles cramp, sore  and honestly it makes me want to just sit and not move, but that will not happen.
My remedy, I have several but a favorite which is an old-time use. The hot/warm water soak in epsom salt. I know for many this does not work and for as many it does. I raise my hand because for me it works.
Second remedy for is the foam roller, this feels like a deep tissue massage and the results are amazing and the relief is awesome.
Yoga is great now there are certain yoga exercises that stretch and tone and will give you a workout. I focus on just stretching muscles, relaxing and a little meditation assist with relieving the sore, achy muscles.
Getting a massage, deep tissue for me, and the right masseuse /masseur. I have experienced a few I wanted them to pay me for lying there because I felt nothing.
These are my methods of relief, what are yours? I am so open for suggestions.
To a week of workout fulfillment and a healthier you.