Getting Active… again =D

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on October 24, 2008

It is definitely a process.  A long long process.  However, I think that I am finally getting into shape again!

I’m taking a Pilates class outside of school, and in school, I have activity all year long.  It’s really nice to have that once a day, to just recharge and not really have to think.
Oh, and about the Pilates.  I definitely think that it is really helping me.  It is incredibly relaxing, even though it is hard work and a lot of concentration.  You see, I’ve never been very flexible, especially in the back of my legs and my lower back.  It’s the reason I’ve never been able to touch my toes.  Now don’t think for a second that (besides my year of illness) I’ve not been active.  No, I’ve always been heavily involved in at least one sport or activity.  And, I had always been unflexible in those muscles.  Mind you, when I danced, my turnout was perfect, and never an issue, so I don’t know.  Anyways, the pilates is really nice.  I’m enjoying it a lot.  Plus, it’s an easy thing to do either before I go to bed, or when I get up in the morning, if I feel like it.

I know that increasing or regaining activity is very different for everyone after illness, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  I know that we’re all at different stages in our lives, but just remember that if you want to, you can do it.  Go ahead, sign up for a class.  Or maybe go to a personal trainer to get an assessment, then go on your own schedule to workout.  Or just take a simple pilates or yoga class.  You could skip, take out your bike, get some skates or skis, or even ask a friend if you can join them on their run.  Whatever works.
For motivation, on my own, it’s simple for me.  My parents tell me that I’m starting to look more toned, and fit.  I can do some activity without being completely wiped.  I can do more in pilates than I could a month ago.  It’s nice, and it keeps me going.  If you need a friend or a loved one to give you a push, then that’s great.  Whatever motivates you to keep going and love the exercise you’re getting, then do it.  Life’s too short to be tired, so build up your stamina and go!  You can do it.
It really is as simple as that.  You.  You can do it.  Any activity, any sport, whatever works for you.  It’s necessary and invigorating.  It’s relaxing and rewarding.
I’m not saying to restrain yourself, just be healthy.  Isn’t that what this is all about?  Celiac has made me a healthier, more conscious person.  It can do the same for you.  
So, here’s to getting really healthy, but most importantly happy, and not without chocolate every once in awhile =D.
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