My first thought was, I wish I’d thought of that. And my second thought was, I have to try it.
The unique thing about this program is that it starts out with visualization exercises, then a workout, then meditation. It really focuses on the mind-body connection.
I think it’s a great program if you really aren’t able to do much physical activity. There’s a lot of stretching and a focus on increasing mobility. I think it’s also great if you are having a flare and need to pull back on what you usually do, or it’s great to do as an additional workout to what you already do.
The program is designed so that you do one workout for two weeks, the second workout from weeks three to five, and the third workout from weeks six to eight.
As I mentioned in my New Year’s resolutions, a big thing that I want to do this year is get back in to working out. In Michigan, I was kickboxing once a week for an hour, and doing a 2- and a 3-mile walk aerobics DVD, the 2-mile, one day, and the 3-mile, another.
So I was working out hardcore three times a week. With defending my dissertation, then moving, then starting a new program, working out went by the wayside, which is unfortunate because it is critical for people with arthritis to keep moving and stay active. And it is critical for me in the hope that I will take off some of the weight I have gained from being on steroids for almost a year.
My current work out consists of:
- Nightly Crunches
o 50 regular
o 20 with feet in the air
o 25 side-to-side
o Bridge held for 30 seconds
- Gym (Twice a week)
o Walking 2.5 miles – 45 minutes on treadmill
o Five-pound weights (graduated from three-pound weights)
§ 20 bicep curls
§ 10 bat wings
§ 10 lifting weights over head
§ 10 side-to-side
§ 10 triceps lifts
§ 20 punches
o 20 jumping jacks
o Plank on elbows held for 30 seconds
o Plank on hands held for 30 seconds
So where does Fitness For Chronic Illness fit into my current workout routine?
I’ve only made it up back up to working out twice a week, so I would love to be able to use it for my third workout of the week, as it is less intense than doing what I currently do, but focused very much on moving around.
I used to lament having to adapt the workout video that I used to do. And kind of gave up on it when I went on my unintentional workout hiatus. But the great thing about this program is that, if you need to modify movements, that is discussed in the program, so it doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself if you can’t do every move as shown.
You can purchase the DVD for $19.99. For more information, visit http://www.fitnessforillness.com/.
* My cousin happens to be the co-creator of the program, so I was able to try it for free. (Although I don’t think that either of us realized we work both working on chronic illness related stuff until we reconnected on Facebook.)