A New Fitness Journey

A week before Christmas I got the flu and the only thing that made me feel even slightly relieved of all of the nasty symptoms was yoga. I don't quite know how this works, maybe it was more of a distraction but if you've ever had the flu you'll know it feels as though you just want putting out of your misery. I had stomach flu as well as the standard so I really did feel like I was dying and all I could stomach was plain Pringles or courgette and pesto wraps. I lost half a stone and started to feel really weak in myself, it wasn't fun at all.

I'd been doing a bit of yoga since last summer, on and off with no real commitment to it, but I started up again in December realising I needed to build some strength. After my hand accident in July 2016 I've lacked confidence in working out through fear of breaking my tendon again as they never fully go back to the strength they once had. Tendons almost knit together and once broken, they're always very fragile especially since I went straight through the extensor tendon in my right hand, which controls my ring and baby finger and it was already a very small tendon. Yoga has been absolutely amazing for teaching me to claw through my finger tips and spread the weight throughout my entire body whilst building up some strength in my wrists and arms and giving me that much needed confidence back. From here I started handling little 1kg weights and built those up to 3kg, 5kg, 8kg and sometimes even 12kg depending on what I'm doing. I have muscles in places that I didn't even know were there and feel so much stronger.

I've always had a fear of working out in public and for this reason never joined a gym. Having a fitness fanatic husband, he was always at the gym and is very into his health and keeping in a tip top condition. When we moved into our house, we were pleasantly surprised to discover some friends of ours were moving in that same week, on the same street just a couple of doors down. They're fortunate enough to have a garage at their place so James and his friend decided to turn it into a gym and each put money towards kitting it out and buying the equipment. This has saved money in the long run from gym memberships but has also opened a door to fitness I've never been confident enough to go through. I've been going over to the garage gym and they've done such a good job in there that you can do everything you'll ever need from the comfort of your own home. I never thought I'd see myself in a gym environment and even though it's pretty much all at home, I'm super proud of this first step.

I also suffer with exercise induced asthma so running for me is always a little tricky especially at this time of year when pollen is high and it contributes to difficulty breathing. I have tried taking a puff or two of my inhaler before a light run and again when I get home but it doesn't seem to help much. I live right next to a country park so the pollen seems to be even stronger around here but what I do try is to do a light jog when I take my dogs out with James and we have lots of breaks in between little stints. The way I see it is it's better than nothing and will hopefully help to build me up to a proper run.

Overall though I'm feeling great and I can't tell you how exciting it is seeing my body transform, slowly but surely. I'm also looking forward to treating myself to some Gym Shark leggings, I feel as though I deserve that treat for coming so far with my mentality towards fitness and creating a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading,

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