09 Oct 2020 Am I Doing This Exercise Right? Progress Not Perfection Wins Every Time.
We’ve probably all ventured into the previously unknown world of online exercise during these unusual times. When our regular gym or Pilates classes closed (or still remain closed), if you wanted to stay healthy and exercise safely you probably turned to YouTube for inspiration. Or maybe you became a regular on Zoom with your regular teacher. The fitness world certainly had to adapt quickly and Zoom became the go to resource. I was very grateful I’d taken that scary step into creating online content four years ago so could offer some comprehensive solutions to my clients immediately.
One question came up a lot as more and more people ventured online.
Am I Doing This Right? Is it OK if I need to adjust my position or use cushions for support when exercising online? My answer is always – absolutely YES. If you are just starting out and have been in chronic pain for many years, at this stage what’s important is to feel safe, supported and comfortable. If that means you need extra cushions or you don’t weight-bear on your hands or you do everything from your bed, that is great too.
What’s key is that you’ve started to exercise. It’s also important that you have taken control into your own hands by exercising at home. You decide when, how often and how intensely. There is nothing wrong with hitting the pause button if you feel you need a rest. Sometimes there is a perceived pressure to keep up with other people in a group class and this can lead to unwittingly injuring ourselves.
By starting to exercise, you have made an emotional change. Adjust whatever you need to. The more you practice, you will notice your body changing. If it’s not increasing your pain or it’s pain-free, you are doing great.
Going solo online at home can be a little nerve-racking to begin with. But remember, every little step is Progress. We are not looking for Perfection. That causes us more stress and often pain as we are too hard on ourselves. Be Gentle. And importantly, enjoy the journey.
(During lockdown, I took the time to build a library of hypermobility friendly exercise tips and ideas. Take a look at www.youtube.com/c/jeanniedibonhypermobility