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An exercise ball allows a wide range of exercises to be performed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Until I had a stroke, I used the gym at work for yoga and Pilates. For several years after I retired I belonged to a local health club and used the pool for arthritic water exercise. Owing to various issues with my skin and hip, I stopped pool exercise and let my membership lapse in January of this year. My hip is better, I think the repetitive motion even in the water where supposedly I weighed half as much did not help it. My skin (psoriasis) is about the same but could have been made worse if I had continued to use the pool and sauna.
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I have the odd arthritis flare-up from time to time particularly in my right elbow, so I gave one of my yoga mats to my youngest granddaughter. I kept the other one…just in case.
This month, I decided to enroll David and me in a yoga class at the hospital. The hospital brochure describes the class as ‘for those unable to do the more strenuous kind of yoga.’ I don’t know all the kinds of yoga, but I know some of the prana I used before my stroke are impossible for me now that I have spinal stenosis. Bah!! I am hoping the new class will give us a yoga we both can do. I love yoga.
David resumes physical therapy for his “new” hip this month, and the yoga class follows. We can eat lunch at the hospital afterward. Our hospital center is a “with it” place. We know it’s a good hospital because members of Congress use it.
As weird as it may sound, the first thought I had after I realized I was having a stroke and felt the left side of my body completely paralyzed was, “Heck, now I won’t be able to do yoga.” Sure enough, when I returned to the gym, I couldn’t do yoga. I finally managed to ride the recumbent bike and walk on the treadmill, but they never did for me what yoga did.
We have our own treadmill and bike at home, however, I hate our upright bike…too hard on my poor spine. So, I joined another gym when I retired. I tried various things at the new gym, and finally settled on ‘warm water aerobics for arthritis.’ All went well for a while. Eventually, however, I developed skin issues owing to the chlorine.
At the seashore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gosh, I was spoiled as a younger person. I had access to sea water or fresh water ponds every where I lived until I was 27. Both are much better for my skin.
Wish us luck with this new endeavor. Our class begins next week.