This morning I would like to talk a little bit about the exercises I have been doing since starting this blog.
Having a bad back has made it difficult for me to find a way to stay fit and frankly I had just about given up on the idea of exercising altogether until I found a book on Callanetics. In the past physiotherapists have made me do things like sit-ups. It caused pain doing them and I wouldn’t be able to walk or do any other activities until my next appointment, let alone repeat the exercises at home due to severe back pain.
Now I learn that in doing sit-ups 85% of the muscle-strenght you use comes from your back and just 15% from your stomach! No wonder I couldn’t do it. And that is why Callanetics works for me : I never have to put too much strain on my back. I am now up to 16 different exercises and I have had no problems so far.
What I also like is that I can safely do this on my own. No sweating or being out of breath is involved, which is important when you haven’t done any physical activities for so long like me. You have to be very careful when you start exercising after a long period of inactivity, you could easily injure yourself or worse if you have no instructor to guide you. With Callanetics I feel there is no danger of hurting yourself so long as you listen to your body and don’t overdo it in the beginning.
The exercises have come from the exercises a dancer does, and I do recognize some of them from when I used to take Jazzballet classes in my teens. I used to like stretching then so it’s no surprise this appeals to me now.
I’m very proud that I have now reached the starting number of repeats for most exercises (not the newer ones). It may not sound much, 25 repeats, when the goal is 100 repeats, but since most muscles haven’t had much use in 15 years or more and considering the short amount of time I have been working out I think it is quite an achievement and I am starting to feel the effect during the day.
Just to show you what I’m talking about:
Have a great day!