Easing Back into Exercise After Illness

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My husband, Spiderman

Most adults who are doing GAPS are not in good health. And if you are a parent with a child who is on GAPS, you probably aren't in super good health yourself. You probably don't have enough energy to exercise. Especially if you have adrenal fatigue, you really have no business exercising. But we do need to move to keep our bodies limber and in good shape. The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle has a whole category for Fitness and Weight Loss and I'm going to highlight some of those products in today's blog post which can help you ease your way back into being fit.

My husband is fond of saying, “Just eat right and exercise.” He's just stating a fact as far as he is concerned. He abhors gyms and thinks anyone who goes into one is just a big sissy (he's going to love the products in this bundle since they are geared toward working out at home!). He's one of those guys who is naturally strong and can do Spiderman kinds of things without hardly trying. That's him in the photo above. He's balancing on the edge of the roof of our home… a few years ago one of his sisters watched him shimmy his way up a metal light pole to get on the top of a building! You have to have a lot of strength to accomplish a feat like that!

I have to admit that it irks me just a little when my husband says that. (Just between you and me, I think he knows it irks me and he loves teasing me). It is such a blanket statement and there are hundreds of ways to “eat right” and exercise. I happen to think eating “real food” is the right way, and I think that fits for most people, but even then there is more tweaking to do for each individual. For example, I simply cannot tolerate too many carbohydrates (it's so hard for me to accept that!!!). I can't go too low carb or it affects my sleep, and honestly I still haven't found the sweet spot for me and how many carbohydrates I need. One reason I say that I can't tolerate too many carbohydrates is that I will steadily gain weight. The biggest problem for me is that I have a hard time eating just a “serving” of high carb foods. I have also found that many carbohydrates are “trigger” foods for me. I can't eat just one bite. So anyway, you also have to find the right ways to tweak your real food diet.

I started to transition off of GAPS last year around this time and I've gained weight. I was down to 163 for a couple of weeks, but then stabilized around 170. I stayed there for quite a long time… until I started eating more carbs last fall. Now I'm pushing 190. !!!! I'm not terribly excited about it. I'm not being mean to myself for it (I definitely need to re-read Love Your Body: The Imperfect Girl's Guide to Positive Body Image), but it is hard trying to figure out what works for me to keep my weight steady. For the most part I still eat from the full GAPS food list, but I will eat some things like popcorn or potatoes, or white rice. These white carbohydrates are not my friends.

When it comes to exercise… me and exercise, we have never gotten along. I have never been one to exercise. I've always hated, I mean really HATED running. My siblings used to roller skate circles around me while I tottered along trying not to fall down and break something. I walked quite a bit when I was in grade school and high school but only because living two miles from the school was too close to ride the bus. I remember detesting P.E. and sucked at it. When we played softball I always asked to be way out in center field where I knew there was little chance of having to catch a ball. And then I'd sit cross-legged and look through the clover and try to find one with four leaves. I was the last one chosen when the team captains were choosing. Unless my best friend was a team captain but I digress. To this day I tend to be sedentary for the most part. Although I do walk a lot at my job as I found out a few weeks ago when my chiropractor asked me to start using a pedometer. And I want to learn to line dance! I feel like I've recovered from my adrenal fatigue to the point where I am ready to get into a daily exercise routine, especially to help strengthen my core, which I know will help to prevent my lower back pain from recurring.

Now as for my husband, he just naturally gets a lot of exercise. For example, one thing he loves to do is dig holes. I just told him it at the bottom of my favorite things to do list and he said, “Really? It's very close to the top of my favorite things to do!”

Yes.

He'll tell me, “I'm going out to dig a hole for awhile.” Thankfully we have 3.5 acres so he can dig to his heart's content and sometimes he turns the hole into something, but mostly he's just digging. He'll be out there in the middle of the summer, sweat dripping, digging and digging and digging. It's good exercise, I do know that first hand especially since our ground is not soft. And I've spent my fair share of time digging in the garden.

But digging isn't my forte. That said, I am now 52 years old and I know that staying fit is going to make my life easier as the years fly by. I've already seen what can happen by the lower back pain experience and I'd like to avoid more of that, if at all possible.  You know how they say the teacher will come when the student is ready? Yeah! I was really excited to see the Ultimate Bundle has a Fitness and Weight Loss section.

There are 10 e-books e-courses (retail value $338.90):

  1. 27 Body Transformation Habits You Can’t Ignore from Tyler at Garage Warrior ($9.00)
  2. 7 Day Diet Plan from Katherine at Green Thickies ($25.00)
  3. Foundational Five from Beth at Fit2B studio ($19.95)
  4. Healthy Moving Core Workshop from Jennifer at Healthy Moving ($79.00)
  5. Love Your Body: The Imperfect Girl’s Guide to Positive Body Image from Elizabeth at The Nourished Life ($8.00)
  6. MASH Up 45 Day Challenge Digital Bundle from Jamie at Mashup Conditioning ($45.00)
  7. Metabolic Bodyweight Blasters from Funk at FunkMMA ($49.00)
  8. Never Gymless from Ross at Ross Training ($19.95)
  9. OPENutrition Challenge from Heather at OPENutrition ($37.00)
  10. Thrive90 Fitness Program from Dustin at Engaged Marriage and Tony at One Extraordinary Marriage ($47.00)

Foundational Five

Not being an exercise minded person, I was not at all sure where to start so I used my perk power – as a contributor to the bundle this time I'm part of a Facebook group with the other contributors so I asked for some input.

Beth Learn from Fit2b piped up with her expert opinion and I was super glad as I mentioned yesterday that I was already interested in her course since it mentions strengthening the core, which I already know I need. Beth says I have a LOT of fit2B members who are also on the GAPS diet and love us because we’re so low-key yet effective.”

Foundation Five

Beth suggested starting with her e-course The Foundational Five Plus. It includes 8 video routines and 14 simple lessons plus you get access to the first five basic warm up routines. Beth specializes in safely strengthening and toning traumatized tummies that have been through diastasis recti, hernia, cesarean section PLUS her exercises are very knee-friendly, too! You also have lifetime access to this e-course, and there is a private Facebook group for support.

Love Your Body & Finding Food Freedom

Beth recommended pairing her e-course with reading Love Your Body by Elizabeth Walling and Finding Food Freedom by Allison Nichols.

Next she suggested the Healthy Moving Core by Jennifer Hoffman, paired with Live Pain Free by Robin Konie, combined with the Open Nutrition Challenge by Heather Kelly.

Healthy Core Workshop Series In the Healthy Moving Core e-course by Jennifer Hoffman you're going to get one year of access to TWO full-length core workshops, one year of access to 15 Daily Movement challenge classes (most days this will be a short 2-3 minute exercise you can do multiple times during the day – set your smart phone timer for this!), the healthy core plan which is a downloadable PDF demonstrating 3 levels of core exercises and access to a private Facebook community to get group support and encouragement.

Open Nutrition Challenge

The Open Nutrition Challenge by Heather Kelly is a five week nutrition challenge which includes meat plus vegetables plus fat (VERY GAPS friendly!). Heather Kelly is going to tell you which foods to focus on, how much to eat, and when to eat in the next five weeks. She's going to explain in detail the whys and hows. Heather is going to help you make some drastic improvements to your health and your relationship with food. Just by listening to the first twenty minutes she explained to me why carbohydrates work against my body. I know this but needed to hear it again!  Oh, and did I mention that my husband stays pretty much at the same weight while eating all kinds of carbohydrates and commercially produced foods? AGH! Do you know how hard it is avoid popcorn when SOMEONE is popping it several times a week?

Live Pain Free

Living Pain Free by Robin Konie includes 60 Somatic Exercises to Enhance Mobility & Stop Chronic Pain.

Beth says the other courses have more advanced motions which – after laying a solid foundation – you would be MORE than ready to tackle!

There are 10 e-books e-courses (retail value $338.90):

  1. 27 Body Transformation Habits You Can’t Ignore from Tyler at Garage Warrior ($9.00)
  2. 7 Day Diet Plan from Katherine at Green Thickies ($25.00)
  3. Foundational Five from Beth at Fit2B studio ($19.95)
  4. Healthy Moving Core Workshop from Jennifer at Healthy Moving ($79.00)
  5. Love Your Body: The Imperfect Girl’s Guide to Positive Body Image from Elizabeth at The Nourished Life ($8.00)
  6. MASH Up 45 Day Challenge Digital Bundle from Jamie at Mashup Conditioning ($45.00)
  7. Metabolic Bodyweight Blasters from Funk at FunkMMA ($49.00)
  8. Never Gymless from Ross at Ross Training ($19.95)
  9. OPENutrition Challenge from Heather at OPENutrition ($37.00)
  10. Thrive90 Fitness Program from Dustin at Engaged Marriage and Tony at One Extraordinary Marriage ($47.00)

What are your thoughts? Which course looks good to you?”

 

 

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