In part I of this series on exercise and adrenal fatigue, I shared a bit of my story. I want to reiterate that I do not share my story as a one size fits all model. I am not so self-centered to believe we are all the same and that what works for one will work for all. I understand and acknowledge we are all unique with unique fingerprints, DNA, stories, likes and dislikes, and so much more. With an open heart, I share my journey, nothing more.
I will share the exercises I have (and still) enjoy on my recovery journey as I found them, not in order of preference.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue
Yoga Tune Up
Pros: it is a very well made and thorough program. It is progressive which is wonderful and was important to me since I was new to yoga. My favorite part is that Jill Miller explains how every move should be done and why. The cost of the program is under 20 bucks per month and you can stop it at any time. I usually order 3 DVDs at a time to save on shipping and pause my subscription in between. I own level 1 and 2 and just started level 3. My program has been paused for a few months as I explored other areas and programs.
My husband bought me the full massage therapy kit a couple Christmases ago (and it is amazing) and I purchased the knee rehab DVD for him which helped him tremendously ( he has had ACL surgery on each knee).
Cons: it is not a flow routine. The DVDs focus on individual moves achieved with proper alignment for the purpose to ensure we regain or maintain a healthy, strong, and supple body. Some have said they mind Jill’s explanations and personality. I do not have this problem. I appreciate her candor, passion, and thorough explanations. I do have on pet peeve: every time she says legs apart wide she will add “about two feet” and there is no way on God’s green earth that it is two feet…more like three. Since I have discovered flow yoga I do have to be in the mood to do A Yoga Tune Up for they do feel like exercise to me when flow yoga does not.
I purchased a couple DVDs but quickly found myself bored with them, so I purchase a few more over a period of time.
Element: 5 Day Yoga by Ashley Turner
I purchased Element: 5 Day Yoga DVD at Walmart for under ten bucks. In all honesty, I didn’t care for it. I must say this DVD has earned 4 1/2 stars on Amazon so I am in the minority on this one. The good news is that for $3.99 you can rent it from Amazon before purchasing it.
Calorie Killer by Colleen Saidman
I liked this Calorie Killer better than Element although it does not rank as well on Amazon (only 3 stars). A Calorie Killer however, it is not. Yet, I found it enjoyable. Strangely enough, the streaming version ranks better than the DVD version.
DVDs by Rodney Yee
I like Rodney Yee, he is calm and thorough. As a total greenhorn, I sometimes had a hard time with his cueing or lack thereof.
I own four of Mr. Yee DVDs:
- Ultimate power Yoga: 5 workouts on one DVD which range from 15 to 20 minutes. Amazon does offer it as a rental.
- Best of Yoga: this DVD offers three workouts from 18 minutes to 24 minutes and which focus on 1) cardio, 2) core, and 3) power yoga. You can also find it as a rental.
- Yoga Burn: this DVD only contains one workout which lasts about one hour. It is my favorite Yee DVD. Each movement is done slowly and with purpose. The DVD offers two audio version 1) full instructions or 2) minimal instructions.
- Yoga: Core Cross Train: this DVD contain two 30 minute routine. One focuses on core and the other is restorative.
Now the moment of truth: I get bored with DVDs (any DVD). Doing the exact same thing over and over – for me – is no fun and an exercise killer. If I’m bored I don’t want to do it. I need exercise to be fun, enjoyable and varied in order to stick with it.
Don’t ask me how I discovered two other awesome yoga resources – which I absolutely love – because I can’t remember.
The first one is Do Yoga With Me. This company is located in beautiful Canada and this is a free resource. There are many teachers, many levels, as well as a variety of yoga styles. Do Yog With Me operates on donations and/or memberships. You do not need a membership to access the greatest majority of their video teaching. However, I personally view the membership as a way to say “thank you for great content and I look forward to more! So let me support you.” My favorite instructors are Melissa Krieger and Tracey Noseworthy. Melissa offers a fusion yoga class which I really enjoyed.
The second is Yoga With Adriene. This is a free YouTube channel. I discovered it in early January. I started with Yoga Revolution: 31 Days of Yoga which I absolutely fell in love with. I have not missed a day which for me is pretty amazing. Adriene does have a website I have not yet fully explored. I plan on exploring her Youtube channel further when I am done with Yoga Revolution.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue: Beyond Yoga
I love to walk and try to take as many walks as I can as often as I can. Walking is a great – and effective – low impact way to exercise, enjoy the weather and the great outdoors. I find walking soothing and a great way to process my thoughts (if I go alone) or spend some time with my hubby, a friend, or some of my kids.
Don’t laugh…but I have discovered line dancing. While it is not a hard workout, it does take some coordination. I love music, I love dancing and line dancing combines the two. I have found some routines on this Youtube channel which I have enjoyed. It is low impact. That is a feel good workout for me.
I used to think exercise had to be hard (and somewhat painful) so I ran or did P90x. I huffed and I puffed and I did blow my house (my body) down. Now that I have been working on healing, I have a different view as well as a different relationship with my body.
As I have mentioned before, I do not expect you to see things as I do and you do not have to agree with me. My goal is not to try to make converts.
At this point in my life, I want to have fun, enjoy my “now”, and have peace. I don’t want to force life but rather to live in flow. I don’t want to fling by body either and yon in the name of exercise. I am more into quality than quantity and I exercise for me, working with my body not to wow in my bikini or in that little black dress (none of which I own). I choose to partner with the body I was given rather than see it as the enemy I must master and subdue. Instead, I see it as the gift that it is. I get to experience live through and with it.
As a result, I have been a lot more mindful about the type of exercise I choose to do as well as well as about my form when I exercise. I am unsure how I discovered Fit2B and that doesn’t really matter at this point. I have been a member for about a year now.
The pros of Fit2B:
- The founder of Fit2B, Beth Learn, is a mom just like me. The videos are usually made in her home. You might catch a glimpse of her pets or hear the voices of happy kids. I get her because I too am a mom and I feel that she gets me.
- Beth has tummy safe workouts which if you have had kids is pretty darn important. Who knew that many forms of exercises actually hurt our core rather than strengthen it?
- Beth focuses on form, quality of movement, and alignment so we are on the same page.
- She teaches as she shows you the moves. She is clear on what to do and what not to do and why.
- Beth is encouraging.
- She is reachable. Beth is not a person who made a video and now rips the reward. You can actually contact her.
- Beth is real. I love that about her.
- The workouts are varied in intensity, length, and mode (cardio, interval, yoga, etc)
- She offers kid workouts.
- She creates new workouts all the time.
- She educates via her blog posts.
- Fit2B is a community, not just an exercise program.
The cons of Fit2B:
- For me, the main con is the site. There is no search box. You have to click on a tag to find a workout. Although you can bookmark them, there is not an easy way to catalog the workouts so I ended up creating bookmarks in Chrome with various folders.
- In some of the workouts, Beth demonstrates the moves and mentions how many reps to do but she does not do the whole workout with you. I would want her to do the whole thing. If left on my own, I am much more likely to say forget it and move on to something else.
The Tummy Team
The Tummy Team is not an exercise program per say. If however, you are/have been pregnant, have a diastasis recti, and/or pelvic floor weakness, you may want to check them out. So far, I have completed one of their programs and plan on doing a second. I learned a LOT of valuable information. Worth every penny.
I became acquainted with T-Tapp over ten years ago and I have done it on and off through the years. This program has a lot of faithful followers and I know quite a few people for who have had amazing results with it. There is a very informative and friendly forum you can join and where you will get all your questions answered as well as a lot of support.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue: Conclusion
I am still growing and changing. I feel 110% better than I did last year at this time. My body is healing and for that I am grateful. Exercise and adrenal fatigue can be a tricky combination. We each have to find what works. I believe that you hold the answers within you. Sometimes what we need to do and take a breather and listen.
Blessings to all.