Recently I had an interesting conversation about fitness with someone.
She was really surprised that I know anything about fitness or have any interest because as we all know, no fat people anywhere ever know about fitness, have an interest in fitness or have any level of fitness.
My interest in fitness started after my breast reduction when I was 14. Once I was all healed up and able to do things, I got pretty hooked.
I remember devouring books about building muscles, flexibility and dance. I did exercise videos, most memorably I did a lot of Jazzercise. My Mom had one tape that I loved doing.
At that tender and impressionable age I bought into all of the Exercise/diet industry bullshit. I truly believed in No Pain No Gain, I truly believed that if I would just try hard enough and use my shame as fuel I could in fact transform my body.
I did get fit. I was never a fast runner but I could run. I could run from class to class without feeling crappy. I got pretty flexible. I remember the first time I was able to do a beautiful flush split. I could do things that have been traditionally thought to indicate fitness.
What didn't happen was a lot of weightloss or bodily transformation.
As I've mentioned before I was still a chubby teenager. What I lacked in the cut muscles I dreamed of, I made up for with strength and muscles under my pad of puppy fat.
Fastfoward a long damn time and here I am.
For me some of the fitness activities I'm interested in doing, would hurt me. For instance among the things I am not built for that I've tried and enjoyed:
Acrobatics and tumbling
Now as much as I enjoyed doing those things as both hobbies and for fitness, my particular body (whether I was fat or thin at the time) did not appreciate it.
One of the reasons I know these things is not because I've bought into anything the Fitness/Diet/Wellness Industries have said but because it is important to me to understand how my personal body works.
That being what it is, shit I almost forgot what I was actually going to say here.
I've decided that walks are not cutting it for me and my fitness.
My big issue is that I get stiff and sore. So with that on my mind I'd like to regain some of my lost flexibility.
That said I don't want to do fucking yoga. WE all know I hate doing yoga.
I think unfortunately I may have to give in and do it anyway because simple stretching DVD's are kind of hard to find.
This is where I turn to you my darlings.
Have you knowledge of yoga DVD's that are not too preachy or new agey?
Reviews on that yoga for fat folks?
Tell me all of it darlings.