Workout Wednesday… on a Thursday!
So, we all have to start somewhere. When I first started out (just 6 weeks after the birth of my second son) I had a hard time doing the most basic moves. I kept an exercise diary of what I was doing, how many repetitions, etc. so that I could see the progress I was making each week (I highly recommend this by the way, it’s so satisfying to look back and see how far you’ve come.) I recently looked back at the very beginning and plucked a few of the moves out to show you what I did. This workout requires NO GYM and NO EQUIPMENT. You can literally do it in the middle of your living room, provided you have enough space to lay down.
Start out slowly and only do as many reps as you comfortably can. For pushups, keep your knees on the floor. Check out you tube for some idea on how to keep good form and how to do these moves properly without risking injury. If it starts to hurt, STOP!!! I don’t care what other people will tell you, DO NOT push through the pain as that will only cause you to flare, or worse, cause injury. If you suddenly become weak, you need to stop. Listen to the cues your body is giving you and follow them. Always, always, always do low impact moves. That means no jumping or letting both feet leave the floor at the same time.
Please Note: I am not a certified trainer (yet) although it is something I am aspiring to be. I just have experience with chronic pain and exercise, and feel that other people on the same path could benefit from some shared knowledge. For example, I can tell you that doing burpees is a terrible idea for chronic pain sufferers!
Have fun and don’t get discouraged if it hurts. Just rest a day or two and try again!