Yes spring is just around the corner. The prelude to summer.
Whether indoors or outdoors. It’s a great time to spring into fitness. Raising those energy levels. With the imminent possibility of been housebound. Unable to go & workout at your favourite class, gym & other active hobbies like dancing, hiking etc.
Especially those with autoimmune illnesses such as Lupus 💜 SLE like myself. We are no stranger to adapting our exercise routines & having ways to keep ourselves active, motivated without compromising on putting our goals on hold.
Due to any cold, flu type virus can effect us in a serious way progressing to chest infection, pneumonia & organ failure because our immune system is not strong enough to fight it. Since it’s doing that on a full time basis unnecessarily fighting healthy cells 24 hrs a day.
The immune system been an important part of our human makeup for survival.
Often Lupus SLE comes with it Lupus pleurisy (asthma & other respiratory issues). Such as with other autoimmune illnesses. The lungs play a key role as a major organ to be affected.
Nothing is ever impossible should you be restricted physically from springing into action. Should you choose to want to get more active, flexible & work towards cardio heart rate improvement. Plus Strengthen &/or tone muscles.
Bodyweight exercises that all can be involved with. From children to the elderly. The physically abled to the less abled. No money spent on fancy apps. Or equipment.
Just adapting bodyweight exercises to suit individual fitness levels (intensity) & goals etc.
For example jumping jacks/star jumps. Adapting number of reps or sequences for children. Throwing on your favourite tracks to sing along to with the knowledge of one track is 4mins let’s say. You just completed 4 mins of cardio plus regulating your breathing whilst having fun.
Not making exercising so regimented makes you more motivated to want to do it again. As there are so many alternatives to one exercise.
The same as floor work Tone & Strengthening. Yoga style fitness is great. I may be bias in this because that’s why I teach it as it’s been beneficial in my overall health, fitness & wellbeing.
Improving my flexibility & range of motion which was an issue for a long time due to Lupus SLE effect on my joints & causing fatigue.
Yoga with it’s relaxing + stretch poses enabled me to work on my tone, strength, balance etc. Without feeling I didn’t get my daily exercise done.
Utilizing opportunities that seem mundane such as brushing your teeth can be transformed into a workout.
The sink basin is an ideal handle to hold onto to do Squats. Or practicing lowering yourself down onto the toilet seat in a squat style.
A move that can be done by those who are less mobile & have a hand rail next to toilet, bath &/or shower.
If you do have a garden or balcony to make the most of it even if it’s just sitting & doing some breathing exercises. If you don’t but have indoor plant’s & flowers to relax next to.
Most of all connect with friends, family & others. DM, Facetime, skype your trainer should you have one on tips to stay or get active.
The value of gaining knowledge about the benefits of static & dynamic stretches/exercises. Because health & fitness sustainability is essential & number one priority whether you are a fitness professional or not. This includes right technique & learning when to rest your body to allow proper recovery & muscle repair. Because over doing it is counterproductive to physical health & any goals you should have. Including increasing chance of injury.
Plus enabling future health & physical complications which can effect you at a later date. Which the whole concept of improving your health, fitness, wellbeing etc. Is to be able to enjoy the benefits of what you’ve achieved through consistency & not having to deal with correcting health & physical issues just because of not doing exercises properly. Or over extending muscles etc. to have the aesthetics but not the health to maintain it.
Keep a journal on what you want, what you’ve done & how you feel? This can help you look at what works for you & what doesn’t.
Helping you build consistency in a natural way. Because if your able to keep up writing in your journal daily then it’s giving you the confidence to do the exercises & work on health, wellbeing on a consistent basis also.
Exercises that can benefit your goals & general maintenance fitness to be in place for substituting the lack of activity you would do on a regular basis. Such as simple things like going to work, school, shops etc. All which involve our body moving hence been active.
Support or motivation to get you through those seemingly impossible days. We all get them.
So stay safe & keep well!.
Spring into fitness as there’s no time like the present..
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