Just finished a great workout. Just because I have chronic illness, doesn’t mean I can’t workout, sweat and get strong when I am feeling up for it.
My favorite thing to do is a circuit but I do it at home. I like going to the gym but having a slight immune deficiency that runs in my family, I tend to get sick easily from going to the gym. In a way, it is kind of like a big petri dish so it is best for me to workout here.
You might be wondering – what is a circuit? A circuit is when we do a few minutes or reps of alternating exercises but in a loop per say.
I use the Gazelle first for about 10-15 minutes, then the tiny stepper for a couple minutes to get my heart rate up, then back to Gazelle for a few, then I do weights/resistance for a few exercises in varying reps but with a little speed to keep my heart rate up, then back to the Gazelle for a couple minutes, then the tiny stepper, then weights/resistance and I will do this cycle for 30-45 minutes. The weights/resistance I do vary each time. I do all muscle groups separately, in a cycle. Then I walk around for 2 minutes and follow it up with 15 minutes of gentle yoga and stretching.
I have everything here for a great workout: Gazelle Edge, tiny stepper, tiny stationary bike (both are basically just pedals -you can get them on Amazon), hand weights, resistance bands, Pilates ring, yoga mat, yoga blocks, yoga strap, stability ball. I also have a jump rope and a bunch of other stuff. Plus, my fiance and I have been working out individually and together for a long time – we are no stranger to working out. I just haven’t worked out as regularly in recent years.
Lastly, because my Garmin Vivosmart tracks stress, I watch that too. And my body tends to register exercise and post-exercise as being under stress. So I meditate for 15-20 minutes after yoga to get my body back in a state of rest. I will keep an eye on it for at least an hour post-workout because it will creep back up to a stressed state if I don’t.
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