Personally, I have always been challenged with maintaining an exercise routine. Most of my life I have averaged the weight I was in high school, and questioned the idea of having to set aside time to use my muscles. I suppose I always expected that if I remained physically active in my every day living, my muscles would naturally maintain themselves.
As a child I enjoyed any kind of activity., I liked jumping rope with my friends and playing outdoors til the street lights came on. We walked to and from school when we lived in the city; heck, we walked everywhere then. There was no sitting for hours playing video games and we only watched television in the evening after dinner.
When I became a young mother, we lived downtown and my daughter and I walked to the city market daily for our fresh veggies and fruits, walked to the library and the city park to play on the swings. When I moved her to Florida we lived 3 blocks from the beach. When Sarah was 4, she & I started going to Jazzercise. We both love dancing and music so it was an easy fit., especially because the instructor didn’t mind that my little girl tagged along. I did lawn maintenance, working for a dear friend who eventually became my midwife when my second daughter, Julia came along. I started my sprout growing business which kept me very active and my girls & I played in the sun and surf often.
My first experience with going to a gym and exercising came when I was a massage therapist in the Atlanta area. I rented space at Sports Life in Roswell, GA and would often discuss the importance of exercise with my clients. Then I realized that I was not doing any real exercise myself. So, I became certified as a water aerobics instructor and started teaching classes where I saw my clients. I was amazed at how quickly my body responded to the weight of the water as we moved and ended up teaching for over a year. I eventually moved out of the water and into the realm of taking “Step Classes”. It was fun, I became more toned, but, I do not do well with wind on my back or neck, esp. when I am sweating in a class. And when I relocated my massage practice to a private location I lost my free membership.
Several years later I relocated back to the beach and into a relationship with a man that loved going to the gym. I started going with him and even entered a body building contest sponsored by a line of supplements. (I have before & after photos, but, NO, I won’t post those.) Again, my body responded quickly and at 45 years young, I had no issues putting on a 2 piece bathing suit. We eventually stopped dating and I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around going to the gym in my elder years. A “hot yoga” studio opened in the house behind my organic market and the instructor offered to trade me classes for food. I fell in love with yoga, and watched as my muscles started to elongate away from the bulkiness that I had gotten from the weight training. I practiced hot yoga every day and this was where I was first introduced to the Five Tibetan Rites. I was in the yoga studio daily until I closed my business in November 2002.
I moved my younger daughter, my grandson & all that I had kept from my business back to my hometown in PA and again was very physically active renovating my fathers storefront for the next two years. Some yoga, but, not much. Then, I came to Atlanta and again returned to that hot yoga room as I worked at the front desk of a studio. When I moved once again back to my place of birth, I took no car, instead purchasing a good bicycle. I rode my bike or walked for the next three years for fitness. Everything stopped when I bought my son-in-laws old car.
Life took another turn when, on my way to retire in Florida, I was waylay-ed here, north of Atlanta. I live where it is not easy to walk to the store, and my bicycle did not seem to call to me. My natural movement has diminished and my muscles seem to be crying out for more. My future plans are to move back to the beach in January. I am looking forward to returning to walks on the beach and riding my bicycle, but, neither of these encourage upper body strength. So, I am committing myself to doing the Five Tibetan Rites again.
Making that decision led me to go online this morning to research any videos about the rites. I found several and decided to post one that I like.
I hope you will enjoy it, perhaps even give them a go in your own life.