Last week, I met a gastroenterologist. As he read over my records, he said the line..."You look better in person than on paper." So I told him that my personal and, until now, private goal is to be the "healthiest looking, sickest person I know." I told him that I'm trying to eat right, sleep right, and exercise daily.
Decades ago, I became a jogger as an efficient way to keep my weight in check, manage my cholesterol, and stay aerobic. I've never been an athlete, but I've always enjoyed being active, so my family and I also hiked, cycled, kayaked and skied, both downhill and cross country. I can no longer do many of the activities I used to do. My body hurts when I try. So, I've had to find new activities...ones that would help me manage my chronic aches and pains.
The first few classes were pretty awful. I was so red-faced and wrung out that I had to step out of the room a few times to cool off...pacing in the lobby area and arguing with myself about why I should go back in. At the end of those classes I was soooo spent.
|The studio where I take hot Pilates...downtown Palatine.|
I highly recommend it!
(...with modifications whenever needed, e.g. with my bad hip.)
|With instructors, Robyn (owner) & Piera. (Ashley is my other instructor.)|
So...along with cycling (indoors during Chicago winters), time on a rowing machine, weight workouts, calisthenics, and stretching...hot Pilates is definitely helping me meet my goal.