I’ve been feeling quite physically weak all year, not surprising I guess since I’ve been doing a lot of emotional healing. But my impression that my physical strength has dropped was reinforced by a therapist, Jim, last week, and along with the reinforcement came a recommendation that I do pilates.
I don’t actually like pilates anymore, I broke my tailbone about eight years ago and since then I’ve not been able to sit on my tailbone, which makes pilates a bit tricky.
So mostly I’ve just done walks and a bit of weight training with hand weights at home.
I should also mention that Jim is a degree-qualified Musculoskeletal Therapist and really knows his stuff. So when he said that I was close to losing my core strength and “at your age it can be really hard to get it back” I thought okay, time to shake out of this lethargy and get moving.
I’ve thought that before of course and just stayed pretty slumped, but I’ve also been feeling like I need to move more – I guess the awareness of feeling weak came along with that feeling. I’m down to fortnightly acupuncture and my acu has changed my no-cry herbs a bit. I’m also taking magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin D – so am generally feeling a little more energetic.
So that’s the backstory. I tried one of my yoga DVDs but found my knees didn’t like the kneeling, even on the second day. Damn I was feeling OLD!! heh!
I asked Big G for some exercise programs – I *really* dislike gyms, a hangover I guess from the days when I used to spend two early-morning hours five days a week for a couple of years at the gym, burning off calories to get the dream body – I think it mostly just burned out my desire for the whole pumping yelling group sweating experience.
I found 3D Workout by Body In Motion, by Dianne Woodruff, a registered somatic movement therapist with adoctorate in Somatic Education. She was a professional dancer who now teaches body movement and trains practitioners. What I most liked about her site was the feeling that the progeram was designed, and well-tested, for “anyone who wants to move well”. No mention of calorie burning, losing weight or dream bodies. Only a gentle suggestion that a month of doing these exercises will “improve how you stand, walk and participate in life with more endurance and enjoyment than ever before”. It develops co-ordination, flexibility and lean muscle mass. That fits well with the WHO’s requirements for fitness that I mentioned last week. It also promises to feel good during and after the workout.
So I bought Volume 1 The Basics, and just ran through my first session. I’ll review it day by day – for today I just did the intro, I’m working up to the full workout – memories of a pile of ‘fitness’ (weight loss) vids and DVDs are causing flashbacks! (I’ll need to do some tapping!)
As you can see, there are four sections – the intro, floor exercises, resistance exercises and standing exercises.
Dianne’s voice is calm and professional and at least in the intro there’s no annoying background music! She looks strong and fit herself and explains the purpose of each movement and how it aids the body area. As I sit here writing the stiffness in my back that Jim eased last week and my stretches hadn’t stopped from coming back, feels freer, and the crunchy pops I’m used to hearing when I twist my spine seem much less. After one session. So far I’m impressed. I might even do the next segment in a couple of hours because it actually did feel good while I was doing it, the spine twist was lovvvvvely!
The movements are slow and really easy – no jerking, rushing or exhausting repeats so if it’s been a while since you’ve exercised – even years – this will probably work for you. There’s a real focus on improving your balance, and all movements are done with lots of support from other body parts.
Cost is reasonable too I think, $29.95 and postage, even international to Australia, was free!
So far this gets five starts from me. I’ll keep using the program, let me know if you’d like more reviews as I go through, by commenting below – your comments help other people too. If you’d like to read more about the program directly, here’s the link to Dianne’s site.