“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise.”—Thomas Edison
Definitely a light bulb moment!
Welcome, everyone, to the weekly blog challenge hosted by the great folks over at Long and Short Reviews. This week’s topic: exercise I enjoy.
Unfortunately, it is my belief that the future Edison envisioned has yet to arrive. I feel it’s still the widespread practice of physicians to poke a pill out at us whatever the woe with no regard to actually treating the problem or offering anything in the way of alternative treatments. By and large, medications are just a symptom reliever. They don’t actually get to the root of the what’s wrong and eradicate the true nature of the illness. By and large, not in totality. I’m in no way advocating rescinding or refusing medications. Obviously, antibiotics save lives every day. There is no cure for Type-1 diabetes; insulin is a daily necessity. Cancer has yet to be eradicated. And I am in the vaccination camp, solidly. What I’m talking about are problems, symptoms if you will, which we could either eliminate or at least alleviate radically through means other than by medicines. I’m a follower of the school of whole-body health and wellness and naturopathy. I think where the most success lies is in taking control of our own bodies and where Eastern and Western medicine meet.
All that being said, I am a true believer in exercise of all types. It doesn’t have to be boring at all. It doesn’t have to be a chore or a punishment. I might not look like it, because I am a fluffy girl who’s always working at reducing the fluffiness, but I exercise in a plethora of ways. And I enjoy all the ways I accomplish that. Some things I didn’t really enjoy at first, but I’ve learned to love them because of the way they make me feel.
At the beginning of the year, I evaluated by health and wellness goals and came up with some new things I thought might help me achieve them. One component of that was to try some new ways to exercise. Two words: Body Groove. Oh, my gravy, y’all! This is one of my most favorite things to do now. If you don’t know what Body Groove is, it’s sort of Zumba meets Pilates meets yoga. But there are no rules! Misty Tripoli is a fantastic instructor. She gives you the basic move then you make it your own and just dance your heart out. I’ve never tried a taped exercise program than didn’t feel like punishment. This is so much fun! I highly recommend.
The Toning Tower. This is a piece of equipment that’s part barre system and part Pilates. I love mine. It comes with DVDs but you can totally target and make it up as you go. It’s compact and folds down to slide easily under the bed. But don’t leave it under there! The idea is to use it and have fun and get fit and toned.
Walking. This isn’t a new thing for me. I’ve utilized walking as a means of exercise and stress relief for years, but now that I live in the mountains and not on the coast, I’ve had to revise my method a bit. I can’t get out nearly every day and pound the sidewalk or trot along the beach. We have many rainy days here and winters are cold and often snowy. On good days, we have several greenways near the rivers and I’ll go walk the greenways. The rivers here are beautiful! On not so great days, I use my handy-dandy treadmill. I’ll be honest, treadmilling can get tedious, but I multitask during my time on the dread mill (yes, I said dread mill). I sometimes listen to music. I have nice long chats with God. Or I read. Mine also faces a window so I can see my backyard chickens doing their thing and that’s loads of entertainment. This year I’m thinking of making the leap to audio books then I could listen to stories while I walk indoors.
Last, but not least, I love to swim. However, the nearest indoor pool to me is over twenty miles away. I couldn’t justify the cost of belonging to that particular gym to only get to use the pool a couple times a week. Word has it on the street, our county has a plan to make an indoor pool a reality in the next several months. I can’t wait!
In keeping with the whole-body wellness that I talked about earlier, I use aromatherapy and get massage regularly. If you’ve never had the opportunity to get massage, or you have some reservations about it, let me assure you, massage is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Professional therapists will make you feel comfortable. They ask a lot of questions and that includes a health survey. They cater to you. My therapist is the best at what she does and practices several schools of massage…relaxation, deep relaxation, Thai, and Ashiatsu. My spa also has a Himalayan salt room where you can either just go sit or have a massage. It’s great for respiratory issues. If you have a cold and are stuffy, the salt will break all that gunk up and you’ll feel better in no time. I’m a HUGE advocate of self-care in the form of massage.
Y’all now know more about me than some of my family members do.
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