Working Out With RA-Excuses or Not

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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 Cried,I Smiled, I Rejoice

I cried, I smiled and I rejoice.  I feel GREAT.

Sunday I complete a workout Beachbody, of course.  80 Day Obsession with Autumn Calabrese.  This is an awesome phased work outs (3)  and each can be so challenging, but here is my story.  Three maybe four days into this workout, I threw in the towel,  and this was Phase I.  I could not do this, too challenging and too advanced of course I’ve worked out with Shaun T, but this was too too much, I thought.

I found myself, maybe because I felt as if I’d failed myself, not sure, but I did another day. I left weights and am a huge fan of Sagi  “Body Beast”, but these moves with weights, bands, sliders challenged me.

Sunday 15 April, I completed 80 Day Obsession, I cried. I had completed the workout I almost worked away from. The challenge outside of my comfort in movements.

Monday, 16 April, I smiled.  I measured myself and weighed for posting (challenge group). I was 18 pounds lighter and 12.25 inches shredded. I was so pleased I did not give up.

Tuesday, 17 April I rejoiced, did a happy dance.  Completing 80 Day Obsession was not an ending to  my goals it was a beginning to continue. Tuesday I begin ” A Week of Hard Labor” a Sagi- Body beast workout.

To say the least and  the most, challenge yourself when you  feel a workout maybe a bit much.  You too can cry (tears of joy), smile (success of change body image), rejoice (because you are now ready for another challenge)

Should You Allow Age to Define Your Workout?

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 …….

Eating Healthy Without Results

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I have heard every trainer state it is what you eat with your workout that brings results. have to agree, it is what you eat, however did you know consuming healthy foods can hinder your fitness progress.  Well I did and did not.  I know healthy foods, and thought my intake was on point, I was WRONG.

It is consuming the correct foods and the portion. I love portion control in Beachbody workouts. It does require calculation for caloric intake. But man oh man, with the portion control you have so much to consume. Honestly there are days I am unable to consume the food.  What’s even more so is it all is what I was already eating, I just needed to tweak amounts and time.

My question to you, and to any one experiencing as I have results slow or not seen, look at your intake.  Or if you have an eating disorder or had one which may slow your fitness results “Portion Control” just maybe for you.

 

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Components of Weight Loss

Are you frustrated as I once was, because I was exercising and not seeing the results I wanted especially with the time I was spending on workouts.

  1. To begin with I was actually wasting a lot of non productive time in the gym, going at the wrong time waiting on machine.  Now that I have discovered well recommend by a friend Beachbodyondemand.  I can workout at home with a trainer on my schedule without  a wait.
  2. Having the satisfaction of working out at home was and is great. i was choosing which workout I wanted to do.  This showed little results.  There is a scheduled program with each workout and there is a reason for this, to make certain each muscle is worked to a proven RESULTS. Another lesson I learned, “follow the program”.
  3. Hydration, it is necessary to drink adequate fluids, your body(muscles, organs, tissues require hydration).
  4. Nutrition, are you overeating or undereating? Eating less food in the beginning will assist with weight loss or fitness journey.  However, for long-term this is a NO.  The body  will go into starvation mode.  What happens, you fatigue easily, you crave unhealthy nutrition that can and will  hinder your progress.  You know, again with each of the programs on Beachbody there is a nutrition plan.  Okay the plan is not generalized it is actually detailed to your weight and activity and the amounts of specific foods required to see results of a specific program.  I was so surprised to learn I consumed foods though healthy was more than and some less than I needed. Wow thank you BeachBody.  I cannot get this at a gym, not that I am aware of.
  5. Sleep, regardless of how busy our days are to see results adequate sleep is necessary. I had to actually time out my days with a calendar.  Yes there are days I get 4 maybe 5 hours of sleep, but they are few.

Consider your lifestyle, are you using the components necessary to achieve success on your fit journey? If not it is NEVER too late to begin.

I salute you to success and if not a beachbody user, give it a try BEACHBODYONDEMAND

 

PATIENCE On the Journey

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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

YOGA -The Many Purposes

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Yoga has its many purposes. After a week of kick butt workouts, weights, aerobic, treadmill, elliptical  (I  mix it up). My muscles are tight usually  my quads.  I need to stretch.

Beachbody has several yoga workouts that satisfy my muscles. I am not following the said calendar of the program, but I choose the one to stretch the muscle I feel that is tight.

Yoga also tightens ad tone with stretching which will burn calories.

Yes yoga has poses for meditation to clear your mind, allow focus, and promote a positive mindset.  How you apply yoga in your lifestyle should be one of personal gains and satisfaction for you. After all it is about “YOU”, just as my yoga is about yep, you guessed it “ME”.

TO A GREAT WORKOUT  AND STRETCH-NAMASTE