Yoga is Part of my Wellness Plan at Our Little House
I finally started yoga again yesterday.
Before we moved, I began yoga, realizing I was hurtling toward middle age quickly. After watching my mother whither and die of complications from 65 years of smoking, I wanted to get into better shape and stay that way for as long as possible.
My mom began yoga, at about the same age I am now and while she remained thin and fit through most of her 70s, she regretted not sticking with it, especially when she began having balance issues.
I love it, because it not only provides exercise for the mind, but also the body and spirit through relaxation and breathing.
When we moved here, I left my yoga classes behind. I bought DVDs and had my mat, but I hadn’t been doing it that long in my classes and learning a pose that sometimes has you upside down while watching a television screen is pretty difficult.
As well, I didn’t have an instructor there telling me if I was really doing it correctly, thus accomplishing my goals.
Most of the time, my mat sat languishing in the bottom of the closet of Our Little House and I told myself our daily walks would be enough exercise until I could afford and find a yoga class close to home.
Last fall, a new studio opened up in the town nearest our house and I resolved, once I had my wheels back to give it a try.
After walking the hilly streets of Eureka Springs this past weekend and coming home with major hip pain, I decided now is the time.
I know many of our Living Large community who have made their move or planning one, are near midlife or older.
While health and wellness was something that was in the back of my mind, it reached the forefront very quickly when Dale was diagnosed with a chronic health issue before he even left the city.
When he was laid off, this health issue prevented us from getting health insurance on the open market due to this “pre-existing condition.”
If it weren’t for the section of the federal stimulus package that allowed laid off workers to extend COBRA, we would have been nearly two years without insurance. Given the cost of Dale’s medication that is, in part, controlling his condition, I doubt we could have even afforded to continue it without insurance. (I don’t want to debate politics on this forum, but the truth is the stimulus package helped us personally).
We’re at the age that our bodies are beginning to show signs of it. We’ve both had more minor health issues in the past four years since our move than in the entire 21 years of marriage previous.
For people (especially those entering mid-life) planning on making a move to a tiny or little house, or anywhere that requires a job change or early retirement, you should also put together a health and wellness plan.
Ours includes a healthier diet and exercise, but as we’ve found out, that isn’t always enough. Health insurance, especially at this age, is a must.
Are you entering middle age and planning on making a move? In addition to everything else, have you thought about your health and wellness plan? What type of diet or exercises are part of your plan?