WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Too often we focus on what we’re not able to do…
* You may not be able to do high impact exercise because of joint problems.
* Bands may make your hands ache.
* Asthma may make aerobic activities challenging.
But you don’t need to have your issues become excuses for doing nothing.
There is always something you CAN do. Even if you’re bed-ridden…
Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates, who was determined to improve his health after suffering from asthma, rickets & rheumatic fever as a child. As a prisoner of war he developed his system of core training by rigging springs to hospital beds – so bedridden patients could still work out. Thousands of people died in a flu epidemic around that time – but not one of Pilates’ trainees died.
So what can you do?
* If you have joint problems, could you do aqua aerobics or swimming?
* Could you use light weights, instead of bands?
* Could you gently build up aerobic fitness by walking & cycling?
* You can work the pelvic floor & core muscles anywhere, even in bed.
And remember, as you lose weight & build up fitness, things do get easier. The more you do, the more you’re able to do.
If you have any injury, illness or condition that gets in the way of exercise, get it checked out by a professional. Don’t work out if you’re ill, have a temperature, or intuitively feel it’s not right.
It’s worth considering that a few GPs have very little experience of exercise, so you need to be specific about what you are doing when you get checked.
You are the expert in your own body. No one else, not even a top specialist, knows your body as well as you do.
Err on the side of caution, but still push yourself. JUST DO IT!!
If you think you can
Or if you think you cant… you’re probably right.
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