In my long-time pursuit of fitness, I have done a lot of different activities. I loved sports when I was younger and that was enough, along with being active with my 5 kids, for a long time. But when I was recovering from a neuro-muscular disease and needed to rehab shrunken muscle fibers, I found that I really loved weight lifting. I liked the evident progress that came from increased strength. I loved it so much that I would make myself do some cardio before allowing myself weight time!
A few years ago, I discovered classes that I enjoyed. “Women and Weights” was at one gym. BodyPump with 800 reps in an hour was at another. There came a time, though that my more strenuous weight lifting and bouncy cardio was giving me some new aches and pains. My lower back was often achy. I found myself limping some when my right hip complained. It was time for something with less impact.
So… I tried a yoga/tai-chi/pilates class. Two things happened:
- My aching back and sore hip got back into behaving as they should.
- I was sore! I thought that I was in great shape and that yoga would set me back, but not so! I was using muscles in new, and evidently, better ways for my over-60 body.
Now, I am a regular yoga practicer (practitioner?). Sometimes in a class, sometimes at home with a video. I recently tried a “power yoga” class that stretched me (pun slightly intended) and went to a new level. I love the instructor who gently corrected some of my poses and encouraged me with my progress.
If you have been wanting to try yoga but don’t know where or how to start, here is an idea.
I am a featured writer for sixtyandme.com, a huge on-line community of women over 60. I am happy to pass along this information about the gentle yoga video series they offer. This is definitely beginning yoga, so have no fear of being sore or needing to be super limber or strong to begin.
Check it out at HERE.
This might just get you moving more with fewer aches and pains!
*****Of course, if you are a beginner and under 60, you might like them, too!