Back when I was defending my dissertation, moving to New York and starting an intense academic program, the thing I completely put on the back burner was exercise.
When I lived in Michigan, I worked out three times a week. After I moved to New York, in four months I worked out as often as I would have in a month in Michigan. Clearly this was not a good thing.
So one of my resolutions this year was to get back working out. Since the New Year, I have been doing so twice a week. In Michigan, I was doing private kickboxing lessons with an instructor once a week, which was a great workout. I was also doing a walk aerobics video twice a week, a two-mile walk and a three- mile walk.
My current gym workout routine consists of:
- 45 minutes walking on treadmill, currently doing a speed that gets me through 2.5 miles in that time
- 20 jumping jacks
- 30-second plank on hands
- 30-second plank on elbows
- With three-pound weights: 20 bicep curls, 10 airplanes, 10 arm lifts, 10 side to side, and 10 tricep lifts
At night I add:
- 50 regular sit ups
- 20 sit ups with legs up
- 25 side to side sit ups
- 5 bridges
Being that I just got off steroids, having a steady workout routine is an important thing in helping me get my body back in shape. But it isn’t easy.
I think the key, though, is to stay active and keep moving, regardless of how strenuous the activity may be. I know there are some people with RA who run and I admire that, but I wasn’t a runner pre-illness. And it’s not really something that I enjoy doing. So do what works for you, and do it for yourself – not because your doctor tells you that you should.
Working out is also something that you can give yourself, that allows you to de-stress and have a little quality alone time. It is definitely an effort for me to make time for working out, but it is really important for both my physical and mental well-being.
Published On: April 21, 2014