I was always the last one to be chosen for a team. It was disappointing for kids to see my height and seemingly athletic limbs then to witness my ability. I can dance, that is about it. I get a stomach cramp running, hurt my wrist weight lifting, daydream enough to get hit by a ball, and couldn’t catch one to save my life. I do notice though that if I do not do any exercise my back starts to hurt, I am more fatigued, and long intervals between workouts cause any good work I did to unravel.
I am brilliant at creating ideas and medicines and magic but having so many ideas at the same time does tend to make me flighty. A personality trait I doubt will leave me. I need a workout that will keep me focused. I also need a workout that I can tailor if my old knee injury or sciatica flares up, or the nerve damage in my toe from ballet kicks in, or I slept wrong and my neck is out of whack. I also do not need to compare myself to fit twenty year olds. I also don’t particularly like leaving the house if I don’t have to. So, the very best practice for me (and I don’t wonder for you too) is a home practice.
We know exercise is absolutely imperative to cardiovascular, lymphatic, and skeletal health. Hormones are improved, mood is improved, and a good booty are all reasons to get our cute selves into the living room!
I am a huge advocate of yoga. There are many types of yoga and lots of videos that can be checked out a week at a time from the library. I love all types of yoga. I never feel like I want a serious, back breaking, sweat inducing workout. Yoga makes me focus so I don’t fall on my head, effectively clearing my mind and making me feel calm, but I also get a much better workout than I think I am because I like the feel of stretching, dance motions, and the feeling that I am connected to nature though movement. I stand up straighter, feel stronger, and am more flexible.
Yoga also encourages you to slow your mind, meditate and send out your prayers for the day. Breathing regulation and the body moving in natural ways seems to me to be the very best and a very natural form of exercise. It can be done anywhere and can be done with or without a video, and can be altered to the body’s desires for the day.
Walks in the park and swimming, hiking in the mountains or a quick jog are all lovely but when the desire to stay in one’s jammies hits (every day) we can always roll out the yoga mat in the living room and get an effective and invigorating workout.