My body just doesn’t want me to do high intensity exercise right now. I’m not sure if it’s a permanent change since removing half of my thyroid or if it’s a temporary change while my systems get used to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), but I’m simply not tolerating a high intensity workout regimen. I make it through 4 days of workouts and then I have to rest for 2 days. Then I get one good workout in and am fatigued for the next day and a half. I’ve taken 2 naps in the last 10 days, and this is almost unheard of for me.
That’s not to say PiYo isn’t an awesome program. It’s pretty freaking awesome. I’ve gained flexibility and strength over the last 5 weeks, and I’ve lost around 5 pounds. But I’m getting muscle fatigue much earlier in each workout than I would have a few months ago, and I only feel energized for less than an hour after a workout. Within an hour I feel like I need to sit down and unplug for awhile. I’ve asked for other people’s experiences in some AIP groups on Facebook, and it sounds like this is a common change with autoimmune disease. A lot of people are able to get back to high intensity exercise after a period of time taking it easy, some are able to include high intensity exercise a maximum of 3x/week, and some aren’t able to do any high intensity workouts without feeling run down for a couple of days afterwards. Note that this is not the usual soreness that comes after a good workout, this is more like fatigue that knocks you down and makes you take a nap.
The good news here is that Beachbody On Demand really does have something for everybody! As much as it pains me to give up on a program in the middle of it, my body is telling me to stop with the high intensity. So, I’ll be starting the 3-Week Yoga Retreat tomorrow. The 3-Week Yoga Retreat is geared toward beginners, and builds week over week. It’s available in the Beachbody On Demand member library [note that there is still a 30-day Free Trial, so you could complete this program entirely free], and there are DVD’s available as well. I’ve never really liked yoga because I’ve always preferred higher intensity workouts, but I’m excited that there is still a program calendar for me to follow while I continue on my health journey.
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