I had a second appointment with my new acupuncturist this weekend. We talked about
everything. My health, my food, my exercise, my stress, and everything in between. It was quite a long meeting (two hours, that included a session), but so informative.
This week will be filled with posts about what I’m learning and passing along. I will try and break it up with some other posts so you don’t get bored, but I know lots of TTCers read this blog, so I want to make sure I share what I can!
Every practitioner will likely say something different, but I feel confident that Ann Kinchen (the new acupuncturist I’m seeing) knows what she’s doing (the wall of pictures of babies she had was enough to convince me!), and I’m going to put my faith in her for the next few months and try treating my infertility naturally.
One of her suggestions was that I need to keep the blood flowing, and mellow out, significantly. I need to get my stress level down, and work on destressing every day. I also need to get my cardio up. Not just for my weight loss desires, but because getting the blood pumping through and nurturing the parts of my body that really need it the most.
When she asked what I did for cardio, I mentioned that my excersies beasically consist of either the ARC trainer, a treadmill (with a walk/jog mix) and yoga (my style isn’t really cardio). She approved of everything, except for the running. She suggests, for now, just stick to a fast walking, and continue to build my speed and endurance through walking. Running is more high impact, and not something (again, this is according to her, some doctors will disagree) that she suggests doing right now. I’m not an avid runner, in fact I struggle the whole time, so maybe less stress on the body and more focus on longer durations of steady cardio is better for me. I’m also going to look to get back into spinning, as my new gym has it, and I used to love it.
So I will put away my walk/run plans, and I will be registering to WALK the 10K for the Cleveland Marathon. It’s not what I wanted to do, but it’s what is really best for me right now. I can re-evaluate that in a few months.
So that’s where I’m at in my running efforts. On hold. And I’m OK with that.
What are some of your favorite low/no impact workouts that still bring you a major cardio burst?