Post # 1
Hello Bees! I need some advice…I am trying to get toned for my wedding next year. I have an ellipitcal and was doing weight training but I suffer from knee pain and chronic fatigue sydrome so if I try to push myself to much it is basically a wasted effort. I lose all of my energy and stop working out for weeks until I regain my normal energy levels. 2 weeks ago was the last time I worked out….I took my dog on a 4 mile walk. I came home was feeling fine…the next few days I could barely get out of bed let alone workout. I get sooo frustrated……
Anyway, I am thinking of trying yoga because it seems like more of a “relaxed” workout. My only thing is..can you get good toned results just from yoga? Any advice from others that do yoga?
Post # 2
ecrowe1218: Yoga is great for toning! With all the stretching and a lot of the moves require using your own body weight as resistance. It always seems to energize me and I have the same problem you do (with the working out until I’m so fatiqued I need to recover for weeks).
Post # 3
Yoga is the only exercise I do where I feel better and more energized after! It’s also very versatile: if can be very challenging or meditative. There are plenty of toning workouts for yoga. I might come out of a practice sweaty and sore, or come out feeling well rested and loose. It depends on what I’m looking to get out of the class.
I’d recommend taking a few beginners classes first just so you have someone to correct your poses, and then you can explore more options.
My current favorite online yoga teacher is here: http://yogabycandace.com/yoga-videos/
Post # 4
ecrowe1218: yoga is amazing! i do take classes at the gym, but know a lot of people like watching videos online. i am more into relaxed, hatha flow yoga and i still feel sore the next day. you do a lot on your hands and feet and your back will get toned up a bit doing vinyasa’s and even just downward facing dog pose. i definitely think you should give it a try! 🙂 totally agree that you should go to a beginner’s class at first so that you can really see how the poses should be done and be corrected if necessary.
Post # 5
ecrowe1218: Yoga might be perfect for you.
I have an old knee injury and always found it was aggravated on the elliptical so when I worked out indoors I used the treadmill instead.
Also, maybe start more gradually then build from there. 4 miles is a lot for someone who doesn’t exercise regularly.
Post # 6
you can get toned from yoga, but i think the bigger issue is why is exercise making you so fatigued and lasts for days. are you eating well balanced meals? vitamin deficiency? call your doctor….
Post # 7
ajillity81: I was diagnosed with chronic fatique syndrome due to epstein barr virus. They put me on anti depressants which made it worse. I have been trying to eat better, take vitamins, etc but I am going to see my doctor next week.
Post # 8
You can definitely gain muscle tone & definition from yoga, on top of all its other benefits! I’ve gotten so much stronger since I started doing yoga. I agree with PP, start with beginner classes and go from there. There are so many different types of yoga, as well, so if you try one and don’t like it, don’t get discouraged! My favorite is power yoga (Ashtanga, I think), but the more intense classes might be too much for your CFS. I do Hatha once a week, as well, and even though it’s more of a meditative yoga class, I’m usually still sore the next day! Also, don’t be afraid to go at your own pace. The hardest thing for me to get over was realizing that it’s not a competition, I didn’t have to “keep up” with anyone, and that each person there is on their own individual journey. Once I did, I started noticing so much progress in my practice.
Post # 9
I love yoga but found what has helped me most in getting over my post viral fatigue syndrome (similar but slightly different) was doing heavy strength training. Because I’m now much stronger, every day activities take up a lot less effort so I’m much less easily tired out.
Can’t promise that will help you, but it certainly helped me. Honestly barbells have completely changed my life.