I know people who started tai chi in their 60s or later in life some with rheumatoid arthritis, it did nothing but help.
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Female! Height: 5'10.5" HW: 161 SW: 135 CW: 124 GW: Whatever number my body wants to be when I'm eating and moving well - trying to get that muscle mass up.
Edith, welcome! I'm a big Feldenkrais fan, too; amazing how it connects the brain to the body without any straining. Do you have audio lessons for the "floor exercises" so you can do them at home? (PM me if you don't; I can help.)
I third the recommendation for walking. Even if it's only around the block, or half a mile, or two miles -- whatever pushes you just to the point of feeling the effort but not being exhausted or in pain -- will be helpful and I'll bet you build quickly on your current ability level.
This may *seem* way too advanced for now, but you might take a look at You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren. It's a bodyweight-only workout program that can be good for all levels. Sure, there's some super advanced stuff in there, but you can also work through the "Basic" program that will start you from the very beginning. For example, you'll do pushups against a wall instead of off the ground to gradually build your strength.
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There are many forms of tai chi, some more martial than others.
this is what I was talking about
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I have hyperflexible joints to the extent that I can bend my hand down and, with a little pressure on my thumb, just barely touch it to the inside of my arm. It's not as bad as some folks have it. I read about a man with Marfan Syndrome who could wrap his arms all the way around his body and clasp his hand together behind his back!
Balancing and stretching are not a big deal for me, but going gung-ho with strenuous activity can result in sprains, and I'm told that strenuous activity is not good if, like me, someone has a mitral valve prolapse.
Even when I was thin--140 pounds on a 5'11" frame in high school--and very active, I was never muscular. My hope is to achieve balance, good posture, and looking somewhat pulled-together. Considering bodily peculiarities and age, if can stop looking like flabby death warmed over, that would be almost more than I could hope for.
Also, having read some things on MDA about inflammation (primarily as it relates to exercise, as in overtraining), I really don't think I need to be adding intense exercise on top of my current typical workday.
For a wide variety of reasons, my job is stressful. Part of it has to do with me having a learning disability related to numbers--and I deal with numbers all day long, entering them in a computer database and occasionally adding them up with an adding machine. I have to check and recheck myself when I do this which slows me down, yet I have to produce a certain amount of work every day.
After months and months of being told in various ways that I'm essentially a slacker and not a "team player" and yadda yadda yadda, I decided a few weeks ago that "I'll show you!"
Currently, I am holding my own at work. But at the end of the day, I often feel as if I am someone who has physically over-trained. Only instead of concentrating on lifting weights or sprinting or whatever, I have been concentrating on keeping my body still and my eyes and brain focused on a computer screen.
I go home exhausted but unable to relax. My whole body aches and my muscles are stiff.
Because I can't afford to lose my job and literally have no time or energy to look for another one, I have to figure out some strategy to combat what are obviously symptoms of inflammation. Good nutrition is one thing that is helping. Some kind of exercise has to be another thing. The alternative to sitting still all day has to be moving, right?
If someone came up with a simple, effective, strength-building form of exercise that was also the relaxation equivalent of four jiggers of rum knocked back all at once . . . that person would be wealthy beyond belief.
Also I really think you need to find a new job, or just quit and wing it - I've been through work stess and decied to be poor and happy, you will probably come to a point when you realise it's just not worth the stress and your health for this job you hate, you only get one life, live it how you want.
You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................
You are so right, I absolutely need to find a new job. Today would not be too soon. Turning in my two weeks' notice Monday would be wonderful.
Please reply to this post if you hear anything this afternoon indicating that someone in Rochester is desperate for an English major who has squandered her talents for years but is still sharp when it comes to communicating complex information in simple direct ways.
Editing, proofreading, organizing documents, organizing an office space layout, making PowerPoints, building cross-cultural communication bridges, baking a killer chocolate cake . . . I can do a lot.
Meanwhile, I still need work at the job which allows me to pay my mortgage and my bills and not starve. I have winged it often in the past; going back to pet-sitting or home health aiding or something similar won't cut it.
Over the past few days, I have begin to think that, until something better comes along, I need to approach work the way weight lifters seem approach their exercise programs . . . in achieving their goals, they are concerned with technique, pacing, incremental increases in difficulty, avoiding over-training, resting, maintaining good nutrition. If I--and many other people--thought this way about work, wouldn't work be a lot different?
Instead, work seems too often to be a bunch of ninety-eight pound weaklings sitting around complaining about how unfair it is of the boss to expect them to life twice their body weight. Maybe. But what if the ninety-eight pound weaklings accept the challenge and discover that they can do it and a lot more?
Meanwhile, today is the typical and somewhat strange Saturday I've started having. After what I've come to think of as a week of heavy lifting with poor technique and no rest, I am mentally alert and physically wiped out. After a week of being chained to a desk, I need to move but I just want to sit.
This is different from a couple of months ago, when I didn't want to move, period.
Later today, after I get back from the grocery store, I want to sit down and review what people have said here so far and then contact individuals with some questions.
I am always impressed by the helpfulness and good humor of people who post on the forums here. Thanks to what I've read on MDA, I have made some significant leaps toward feeling human again.
That's how I found this convo, trying to help my squats but I have no balance. Born that way. Nothing will fix it or train it or help. Yes, yes, I see you smirking. Look, as a child, my dad was a skate guard at a skating rink. That meant I roller skated every night for about 4 years. I never got off the wall. In high school, everyone had inline skates. I tried. I did. I can't skate outside. As an adult, I took many ice skating lessons with my 5-year-old. He joined the pee wee hockey team. I barely can skate without touching the wall. When I walk, I can't walk a straight line to save my life. I can barely ride a bike.
And my squats are crap. I just saw a video of training by putting your feet against a baseboard and your hands on the wall and squatting. I can't do that even an inch because I can't balance without bending way forward.
And yes, I took tai chi while my boy was in kung fu. Fell over too much. After a year, I gave it up. Not everyone can train their way into better balance. If so, I sure haven't found a way to get better. It's not any worse, but it sure isn't any better either.
Well, back to the squats. I have another set yet to do.
I haven't practiced tai chi in awhile and today I took my first yoga class, my balance was crap, but I know if I continue with it it will get better.
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