In part I of this series on exercise and adrenal fatigue, I shared a bit of my story.
At this juncture, allow me to reiterate that I do not share this information as a one size fits all model. I am not so self-centered to believe we are all the same and subsequently to infer that what works for me will work for all. I understand and acknowledge we are all individuals with unique fingerprints, DNA, stories, likes and dislikes. With an open heart, I share my journey, nothing more.
I will share the exercises I have—and still—enjoy on my recovery journey as I found them, not in order of preference.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue
Yoga Tune Up
This yoga program is thorough and well made. It is progressive which is an essential point for me since I was new to yoga. Jill Miller—the creator of Yoga-Tube-Up—explains how to perform every move in great detail as well as share why they are essential to health. This aspect is my favorite feature of the series.
The cost of the program is under 20 bucks per month, and you can stop it at any time.
I don’t order monthly. Instead, I usually order three DVDs at a time to save on shipping. I pause my subscription in between each order. I own level 1 and 2 and just started level 3.
My program has been halted for a year now as I explore other areas of fitness and reviews other programs.
My husband bought me the full massage therapy kit a couple of Christmases ago—it is fantastic. I plan on using it more often. In turn, I purchased the knee rehab DVD for my husband which helped him tremendously—he has had ACL surgery on each knee.
It is not a flow routine. The DVDs focus on individual moves achieved with proper alignment. Each move’s purpose is to help each individual regain and maintaining a healthy, strong, and supple body.
In some reviews, some individuals have stated they mind Jill’s lengthy explanations as well as her tone and expressions. I personally don’t have this problem although I can see why some hold this opinion. I appreciate her candor, passion, and thorough explanations.
However, I do have one pet peeve: every time she says “legs apart wide,” she will add “about two feet;” there is no way on God’s green earth her legs are spread only by two feet. Ever.
Since I have discovered flow yoga, I do have to be in the mood to perform Yoga Tune Up, because personally, these DVDs feel more like exercise than flow yoga does.
I purchased a couple of DVDs but quickly found myself bored with them, so I bought a few more.
Element: 5 Day Yoga by Ashley Turner
I bought Element: 5 Day Yoga DVD at Walmart for under ten bucks. In all honesty, I didn’t care for it. I must preface my review by saying this DVD has earned 4 1/2 stars on Amazon, so I am in the minority on this one. The good news is that for $3.99 you can rent it from Amazon before purchasing it.
Calorie Killer by Colleen Saidman
I liked this Calorie Killer better than Element although it does not rank as well on Amazon—only three stars. A Calorie Killer, however, it is not. I still found it enjoyable. Strangely enough, the streaming version ranks better than the DVD version on Amazon.
DVDs by Rodney Yee
I like Rodney Yee. He is calm and thorough. As a total greenhorn, I sometimes had a hard time with his cueing or lack thereof.
I own four of Mr. Yee DVDs:
- Ultimate Power Yoga: 5 workouts on one DVD which range from 15 to 20 minutes. Amazon does offer it as a rental.
- Best of Yoga: this DVD offers three workouts from 18 minutes to 24 minutes long and which focus on 1) cardio, 2) core, and 3) power yoga. You can also rent it on Amazon.
- Yoga Burn: this DVD only contains one workout which lasts about one hour. It is my favorite Yee DVD. Each movement is done slowly and with purpose. The DVD offers two audio version 1) full instructions or 2) minimal instructions.
- Yoga: Core Cross Train: this DVD contains two 30 minute routine. One focuses on core, and the other is restorative.
More Yoga Programs
Now the moment of truth: I discovered I get bored with DVDs—any DVD. Doing the same thing over and over—for me—is no fun and a movement killer. If I’m bored I don’t want to do it. I need my exercise to be fun, enjoyable and varied to stick with it.
Don’t ask me how I discovered two other excellent yoga resources—which I love—because I can’t remember.
The first one is Do Yoga With Me. This Canadienne company is a free resource. They offer many teachers, many levels, as well as a variety of yoga styles.
Do Yoga With Me operates on donations or membership—although neither is necessary. You do not need a membership to access the greatest majority of their videos. However, I personally view the membership as a way to say “thank you for great content as well as I look forward to more! So let me support you.” My favorite instructors are Melissa Krieger and Tracey Noseworthy. Melissa offers a fusion yoga class which I also enjoy.
The second resource is Yoga With Adriene. This channel is free on YouTube. I discovered this channel early in January. I started with Yoga Revolution: 31 Days of Yoga which I love. I have not missed a day which for me is pretty amazing. Adriene does have a website I have not yet fully explored. I plan on scrutinizing her Youtube channel further when I complete Yoga Revolution.
Update: I found a third free yoga resource. Fightmaster Yoga is also a YouTube channel. Lesley Fightmaster—her real name—is delightful and thorough. She also offers a great variety of practices.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue: Beyond Yoga
I love to walk and try to take as many walks as I can as often as I can. Walking is a great—and efficient—low-impact way to exercise, enjoy the weather, clear the mind, as well as commune with the great outdoors. I find walking soothing and a great way to process my thoughts—if I go alone—or spend some time with my hubby, a friend, or some of my kids.
I also often take my iPod and catch up on my reading material via Audible.
Don’t laugh. I have discovered line dancing. While it is not a hard workout, it does take some coordination. I love music as well as dancing, and line dancing combines the two. I have found some routines on this Youtube channel which I have enjoyed. It is low impact. That is a feel-good workout for me.
I used to think exercise had to be hard—and somewhat painful—so I ran or did P90x. I huffed, and I puffed, and I did blow my house—my body—down. Since I have been working on healing, I have a different view—as well as a different—relationship with my body.
As I have mentioned before, I do not expect you to see things as I do and you do not have to agree with me. My goal is not to try to make converts.
At this point in my life, I want to have fun, enjoy my “now,” and have peace. I don’t want to force events but instead to live in a state of flow.
I don’t care to fling my body hither and yon in the name of fitness. I am more into quality than intensity, and I exercise for me. I work with my body not to wow in my bikini or in that little black dress—none of which I own. I choose to partner with the body I was given rather than see it as the enemy I must master and subdue. Instead, I see it as the gift that it is. I get to experience life through and with it.
As a result, I have been a lot more mindful of the type of exercise I choose to do as well as well as about my form when I do exercise. I am unsure how I discovered Fit2B, and it isn’t really pertinent at this point. I have been a member for about a year now.
Pros and Cons
The pros of Fit2B:
- The founder of Fit2B, Beth Learn, is a mom just like me. She makes the videos usually in her home. You might catch a glimpse of her pets or hear the voices of happy kids. I get her because I too am a mom and I feel that she understands me.
- Beth has tummy safe workouts which if you have had kids is pretty darn important. Who knew that many forms of exercises, in fact, damage our core rather than strengthen it?
- Beth focuses on form, quality of movement, and alignment, so she and I are on the same page.
- She teaches as she shows you the moves. She is clear on what to do and on what not to do and why.
- Beth is encouraging.
- She is reachable. Beth is not a person who made a video and now rips the reward. You can actin actuality contact her.
- Beth is real. I love that about her.
- The workouts are varied in intensity, length, and mode (cardio, interval, yoga, etc).
- She offers kid workouts.
- New workouts are regularly posted.
- She educates via her blog posts.
- Fit2B is a community, not just an exercise program.
The cons of Fit2B:
- For me, the main con is the site. There is no search box. You have to click on a tag to find a workout. Although you can bookmark them, there is no easy way to catalog the workout routines. For this reason, I ended up creating bookmarks in Chrome with various folders.
- In some of the workouts, Beth demonstrates the moves and mentions how many reps to should be performed but she does not do the entire routine with you. I would prefer she completed the whole thing alongside me. If left on my own, I am much more likely to say “forget it” and move on to something else.
The Tummy Team
The Tummy Team is not an exercise program per se. If however, you are/have been pregnant, have diastasis recti, and/or pelvic floor weakness, you may want to check them out. So far, I have completed one of their programs and plan on doing a second. I learned a LOT of valuable information.
Worth every penny.
I became acquainted with T-Tapp over ten years ago, and I have done it on and off through the years. This program has a lot of faithful followers, and I know quite a few individuals who have had surprising results with this program. There is a very informative and friendly forum you can join and where you will get all of your questions answered as well as a lot of support.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue: Conclusion
I am still growing and changing. I feel 110% better than I did last year at this time. My body is healing, and for that I am grateful. Exercise and adrenal fatigue can be a tricky combination. We each have to find what works. I believe that you hold the answers inside you. Sometimes what we need to do and take a breather and listen.
Blessings to all.