It has been a very long time since I have written a word on this blog. Â I don’t know why. Â Sometimes, I just don’t have much to say. Â But now I do. Â Life is good. I am healthy and fit (for me), and I want to talk about why this might be true.
In brief, I have quit trying to kill myself with intensely hard workouts, day after day. Â You would think after living with cystic fibrosis for 51+ Â years, I might have embraced the wisdom of this before now, but alas…
What has caused this epiphany, you ask? Â After attending a four day Z Health course last month, I’ve begun to re-train my nervous system as part of my overall exercise program. Â By necessity, this means I am being nicer to myself. Â I’ve learned that my brain doesn’t like to be whipped into an endorphin frenzy every single day…and neither does my body. Â Oddly, I’m 1) in better shape than I’ve been in years, and 2) not injured.
“OMG,” I can hear you now. Â “First, I have to take a million medications, AND I have to do hours and hours of daily treatments, Â AND I have to wear a vibrating vest for an hour a day, AND I need to go outside and walk or lift weights every day, Â AND I need to get 8-9 hours of sleep, AND I need to eat 5-6 times a day (add more pills), AND I need to work, AND I need to raise kids and be a spouse or partner and dog mom, AND I have to fit in a few home (best case scenario) Â IV sessions each year, and NOW I HAVE TO RE-TRAIN MY NERVOUS SYSTEM, TOO???”
Only if you want to minimize pain and injury and maximize your movement excellence. Â I’ll write more about Z and what it is doing for me in subsequent posts. Â Oh, and just a side note: Â if you move well and without pain, you move more. Â When you move more, you increase your fitness. Â And when you have CF, it’s not fitness, it’s life.