It has been a very long time since I have written a word on this blog. I don’t know why. Sometimes, I just don’t have much to say. But now I do. 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. You would think after living with cystic fibrosis for 51+ years, I might have embraced the wisdom of this before now, but alas…
What has caused this epiphany, you ask? 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. By necessity, this means I am being nicer to myself. I’ve learned that my brain doesn’t like to be whipped into an endorphin frenzy every single day…and neither does my body. Oddly, I’m 1) in better shape than I’ve been in years, and 2) not injured.
“OMG,” I can hear you now. “First, I have to take a million medications, AND I have to do hours and hours of daily treatments, 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, 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) 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. I’ll write more about Z and what it is doing for me in subsequent posts. Oh, and just a side note: if you move well and without pain, you move more. When you move more, you increase your fitness. And when you have CF, it’s not fitness, it’s life.