Get FIT with Limited Mobility: first month of trial and error | Plus: an intro to the SportsTalkSocial Community

in #sportstalklast year (edited)

Exactly four weeks ago I started a big adventure. After an extended period of time struggling with permanent and inoperable damage on my left foot, I've gotten severely out of shape - being physically fit has proven to be important for both body and mind. So it was about time I started working out again. Here's my story - including a bit of background how I got here - of my first month of trial and error.


Picture of me standing on a hospital floor, used in one of the first posts on this subject I posted on Steem.

A short intro for the SportsTalkSocial community

At the end of 2015 I went on a sabbatical, which for me meant a 9-month travel adventure through Russia, Mongolia, South-East Asia, which was abruptly broken off because I got a diagnosis that 'something was really wrong' with my left foot.

Back home the first diagnosis appeared to be wrong - not really a relief, because the second diagnosis appeared to be just as bad. A broken fragment in my left foot that is inoperable would be stuck in there for ever and ever, scraping cartilage from other bones in that same foot. Yes, I have a pointy bone sticking out scraping away other bone.

Me making cynical GIFs is me trying to get humorous about the situation. Yes, this GIF is made from my own MRI scans I brought from Beijing.

Bone pain is probably one of the worst things. It freaking hurts whenever I walk, and it hurts even more once I finally sit down and the foot starts to 'relax'.

The only thing that can be done for now is preventing my foot from moving too much, which doesn't mean not walking per say, but I do have adapted shoes that make it hard to roll on the foot, so I don't irritate the pointy scraping bone too much.

Although I never have been super sporty, I enjoyed doing 1-1,5 hour walks about 2-3 times a week for a few years. It kept me fit and lean and mentally healthy. Now I can't, and I still miss it. Also: I've had to recover for 1-2 years (the 'progress' was so slow I really can't recall when it got better, because it only ever got better in terms of 100 steps more a week maybe), and after all that recovery I still couldn't walk daily.

So needless to say: 3 years later I'm not the fittest person in the world. I gained weight, got in a passive and uninspired mental state, and my heart-rate hasn't been challenged for way too long. And that has to change.

But how and where to start?

I started with some minor stuff: personal training (too expensive for an extended period of time) and then a very slow and controlled form of strength-training that I've been doing for the last 1,5 years.

Strength-training is awesome. I mean it. It strengthened my legs, back (!) and core so much that sometimes when I walk on uneven underground, stairs or even a rare adventure on moderate rock undergrounds, I can compensate the strain that puts on my foot with all those muscles.

So I'm terribly grateful for my 1,5 years of strength-training - but it gets boring.

Also: I need CARDIO! Feeling the longs fill with air, the heart-rate go up - it's important, plus has amazing health benefits for both body and mind.

Netflix for Sports

To mix it up and really get to know my limits (and possibilities!) I decided to give one of those 'Netflix for Sports' a try. This is getting more and more popular in bigger cities in some countries. In my city you have ClassPass and Onefit, and I chose the latter. What it offers is: unlimited classes per month, with the only limitation being that you can visit every location 'just' 4 times a week.

What this practically means: on every location available have a favourite class and you're able to visit it every week. If you want to do one form of sports twice a week you'll have to find two locations offering it though, as twice a week would mean 8 times at one location which is currently not possible.

So although this is a bit of a puzzle in terms of scheduling and finding out locations, it does provide me with a huge palette of stuff to choose from.

Starting safe

I decided to start quite safely and not go for full-on cardio immediately. After sitting a lot of the time for many many months (years!) I figured it was time to let my body get used to moving more. Also, for you, the reader, it might be hard to understand, but: the fact that I have to travel to these locations alone means that I challenge myself a lot already. All these tiny side-effects and frustrations deserve a separate blog, but for now it's sufficient to say that if I didn't do the sports and only the traveling to the sports I'd already double my steps per week, probably.

Here's my schedule of the first month of my Netflix for Sports subscription:

Week 1: Bikram Yoga
Week 2: Yin Yoga, Pilates
Week 3: Pilates, Swimming, Pilates
Week 4: Pilates, Pilates

I wrote an intense blog about my first Bikram Yoga class, in hindsight I maybe shouldn't have started with that as it does feel more advanced than I though it would be, but I'm still glad I did. It kicked of the subscription in an intense way and maybe even helped me appreciate the other classes more.


Pilates appears to be my absolute favourite. This is a way of moving that fits my personal fitness level, as I have a strong core but I'm not flexible, Pilates will help me strengthen my core even more while also adding to the flexibilty levels. It really focuses on getting a straighter spine, more movement in the back, neck and hips, and posture, all the while also challenging muscles in core, glutes, legs. Most of the exercises are done while laying on your back, stomach or side, so I don't need to use the foot too much!

Pain levels afterwards: Are reasonable but very noticeable. For now I am guessing this has to do with all the 'flexing' and 'pointing' that has to be done with the foot, because holding your legs up in the air with a pointed or flexed foot will use different muscles for each configuration. I'm not yet sure if the pain is okay and is something my feet will get used to, or if this is a part of the training I'll have to adjust.

Yin Yoga

I figured yoga would be amazing and I picked a kinder form of yoga after my first brutal Bikram Yoga class. This was nice, all positions were seated or flat on the back and you can support your postures with foam blocks or even rolled up towels during this form of yoga. It was maybe a bit too kind for my taste, and I'll go find another Yin Yoga class to see how much difference the teacher makes in the way I experience Yin Yoga. It was a nice lovely class of stretching and relaxing and breathing though, and it's great for relaxation while working deeper layers of muscles. But since I'm more looking for fitness right now I noticed I enjoy the Pilates class more.

Pain levels afterwards: Zero. This was just a kind way of moving and for resulting in no pain levels at all trying out Yin Yoga was a big win.


Swimming is my love-hate sport activity, as I love it, but I prefer swimming in outside waters where I can fight a little with nature and also don't have so many people surrounding me. The closest indoor pool from where I live can be quite busy so for now I'm mostly swimming as a way to find out which hours aren't too busy so I can freely swim at my own pace.

Pain levels afterwards: more than I thought. I always forget how much cold triggers my pain levels. And swimming water is cold enough to trigger my feet. With that cold even moving the legs puts pressure on the foot which resulted in some 'pain shocks'. Maybe I should warm up more and specifically the feet before jumping into the water? I'll do some more trial and error in the next few weeks.

Damn, here I am. That's a long post.

I didn't plan for it to being so long, but once I started writing, which I wanted to do anyway, I decided it was a good way to introduce myself on a new Tribe on Steem. I've looked around on SportsTalkSocial and I believe my content is not at all the average content over there, but hell, I believe sports can achieve many forms of accomplishments. While mine are mostly breaking down mental barriers and will show slow progress without any cool and epic footage, pictures or personal records to share, I believe sports is mostly about achieving personal goals, and I'm going to take you all with me in my personal goal of getting fit with limited mobility.



Thank you for sharing that with us @soyrosa.

It is a very difficult situation and, reading this, I am glad you found away around the setback with the foot.

I got more active of late, Actifit is motivating me. 😁😁

I use to be a gym rat, lifting weights and such. But now, I get out in nature and walk each day. Like you said, it addresses more than just the physical, the mental also benefits.

I am glad you did the strength training which is helping the situation. The other exercises you chose will certainly test you.

Hell now with tokens, we all have a bright future so it is time to figure out how to live to 150 years old. 👍

Thanks for reading and making it all the way through @taskmaster4450! :D

Actifit is motivating many Steemians which makes me happy. I don't get to the 5000 minimum a LOT, but when I do I'm always eager to post a small report ;-)

Yes, I'm very curious to see how far I can go: both challenging myself while also staying as pain-free as possible. Hell, if these SPORTS tokens get some value I'll just hire a personal trainer again, or build myself a private swimming pool ;-)


Did you see the Actifit post today?

Can hire a trainer consult and pay for it with your AFIT tokens. They are opening up a marketplace.

As for the SPORTS, I am high on that project. I have a post coming out tomorrow about it that might interest you.

It is a good one to amass in my opinion.

Oh DAMN! I didn't read that, that's great news :D Yes, sports is huge and Scorum is already showing where that could go for 'us' her on Steem. I'm certainly going to stake the SPORTS I earn, it's something I see gather a huge community - and to me it's fun to see that Actifit posts that are disliked on Steem quite a bit earn good money on SportsTalkSocial :D

Everytime I read about your foot I feel like screaming : SOMEONE FIX THAT GIRLS FOOT! I know it cant be fixed but I just REFUSE to believe it.. You are probably further along that acceptance than me.

I was Bikram addict for 6 years. Full on. 4 to 6 days a week, for years, in studio. It was awesome but also I ended up with an SI joint injury.. long story. I COULD write a very, very long post on Bikram. Lots of controversy too. Yin is beauutiful. Lots of different teaching styles. It CAN be intense depending on pose and is amazing for JOINTS and fascia as well as meditation. I do it at leasr twice a week to cope with life... meditation in shapes, some people call it. I am qualified to teach it but dont, another long story.

I am so glad you are on this mission. Good to hear your other muscles are kicking in to compensate.. bodies are amazing. I do know what its like to be immobile from my year of SI fuckery. My legs went all flabby. I got depressed and fat. Kudos to you for even coping the way you do.. totally in awe of your super powers.

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Hahaha - YES FIX MY FOOT! Oh I've been frustrated but after three years... Gotta have some peace of mind about it too. But who knows with stem cell therapy we might be able to see progress in the next decade or so. Fingers crossed.

I'd really love to read about your Bikram and SI journey @riverflows! Consider writing about it - and let me know if you do <3 It suck to feel so limited by our bodies and yes it makes you really feel depressed <3 Thanks for your support and lovely words!

I will write about it, but just for you! When I get a chance.

Technology is moving really fast .. I'm hopeful for your cure!


While reading your post I was thinking swimming, swimming, swimming... but when you wrote about the pain when you swam I'm not sure... Looks like Pilates (even when done at home from a video) might be the least painful and the most rewarding for you.

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Ha! Yes, SWIMMING! I'm really going to try again, will just have to find a 'mode' in which it works for me. Pilates is amazing so far, so that's one I'll keep on doing for a while at least :-) Thanks for the comment @organduo!

Yes, wishing you all the best in keeping yourself fit while adjusting to your situation and of course sharing your experiences here to earn some SPORTS tokens as well as AFIT and ZZAN if you are posting through @actifit.

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if you still did not discover it, mp3 player for swimming. it makes it a lot more fun. both it on ebay or ali not sure, around 25$, works for more than a year now.

Ohhh great tip @bil.prag! <3 That's actually an amazing idea 🙏

Wow, I admire the willpower!

Best of luck to you!

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