Working out with rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge. I hear so many people use it as an excuse, and “Why not”. I know please do not yell, there is pain. Yes I know because I am one with RA, and at a young age (juvenile RA).
If you are one with RA or know someone with it that continue to say ” I would but the pain is there or I do not want to cause anymore pain than necessary” . I say to them do not talk about it.
First you must be motivated, second you must just begin. If you are just beginning any workout and have medical issues get the okay from your DOC. Second beginning a new workout start on the low side, in other words MODIFY. Your body will tell you when to advance. Thirdly know there will be days you cannot move as fast, or lift as much weights, push ups can be challenging.
I am a fan of “beachbodyondemand.com” . I can choose which trainer and program I want to follow with a calendar and modifier on workouts. This is my focus to fitness on my journey, however I lift weights, run, solo. There are days my RA prevents me from lifting heavy weights, I do not throw in the towel but I do decrease the weights. Push ups, which I finally am able to do, I use my knuckles, some days I am on my knees, or using power stands, again I adjust but do not give up. Jogging, running I am good but then again I may have to do a mix jog and walk.
I am encouraging all those with RA and really want to workout, or once worked out and stopped, PLEASE erase the excuse or excuses. I say adjust for fitness.
My fitness journey now is another round of 80 Day Obsession, weight lifting 2-3 days and a run of 1-3 miles 3 days a week.
I am not 25, nope that age is gone. I pulled 25 out of the air circulating about, however my concern is people who allow their age define their workout or no workout. In posting or discussing how I had to follow the modifier in my workout for 2 weeks about 1/2 of each routine. I am proud that yes, I can squat 140 pounds and increasing but sometimes specific routines to prevent injury.
I always apply safety. Okay I am verbalizing a bit of anger, however I was confronted by a few friends and peers on workouts. Several suggest walking, others don’t you think after a certain age exercising is overrated. My favorite, “girl that is for the young people”.
What? Huh? I have never went to a gym, purchased weights, ran a 5 K and it had limit with age in bold print.
I do believe if you are and have worked out for years it becomes a stamp, part of your life. AGE should not define your workouts, just be safe. I truly believe in everyone who work out whether you are 18 or 80.
To those believing “No limits to workout, except safety, or injury ” I am doing 15 extra burpee jumps in a salute to you. To a great workout …….
I am first to admit I am not a young lady, I have so surpassed 20, 30, 40 yes but I will not allow age define my workouts. I love any and all workouts, but I want to sway away from workouts. How about those goals and victories.
I must confess, I will be the first to raise my hand, hell both of them to frustration at the scale. I am also aware as I have aged my metabolism has slowed down. I also am aware with many years of an eating disorder I have helped slow my metabolism. By the way eating disorder is a disease that will always be with you whether you overcome it or not, but that is for another day.
Working out for 6-7 days a week, weights and not light, running, jogging I look at the scale and I am ready to toss it. I actually went out and purchased another, what the &*^$? I ignored the non scale victories which was reiterated in my workouts with Autumn Clabrese- 80 Day Obsession. I noted what? inches lost, a line on the right and left ab indicating I am getting abs, yes at my age abs (never had them, a bit tight but not defined). I was able to complete certain routines without pausing or breathing heavily. I increased my weights and at the beginning 3/4 of my workout in 80 Day Obsession was with the modifier my progression amazed me when I no longer had to modify. I was unaware my biceps were more defined, don’t think the scale measured that.
The NON SCALE VICTORIES, I as you should always remember. Of course I still weigh and I am proud when there is a decrease but I am looking at all my victories.
The journey to fitness is not an overnight goal. As Autumn Calabrese says in her “80 DAY OBSESSION”, “If progress and goals were attained in one day then it would be “1 Day Obsession”.
It is upsetting when we look in the mirror and do not see the progress we are working so hard to achieve. I lose it at times, questions pop up, how long?, when? oh is this just a waste?
Well I have to remind myself as I so encourage you to do the same. How long did I allow myself to get in the condition I am and how long have I actually put into the change I am aiming for?
When did I begin the journey and when was the last time I actually measured,observed my progress.
Is this a waste of time? Okay look at the progress, all of it. I know it takes patience, and sometimes a lot of patience. Also it is necessary not to measure or compare to others. Every time I do this I see a greater progression in someone else and want to be where they are today. However I do not know their journey, nor do I know how their body’s response to certain workouts.
Some of us have a slow response, others mediocre response and some so fast. Either way it is necessary with the slightest response to appreciate it, STAY FOCUS, stop the toe tapping, and BE PATIENT