I've been caught in a conundrum lately. It's name is "exercise".
Yes - I've read all the SP articles saying you should find something you like and do that. I totally agree. I got bummed today seeing the "swimsuit ready bootcamp challenge" thinking - "wow - that would be fun", but there are a couple of other factors in my particular case that I have to take into account.
1. Dealing with 5 yrs of deconditioning due to a serious illness (mostly bedridden for about 2 yrs).
2. Eyes and vision severely damaged by the illness making some activities 'challenging' - for example, due to the extent of the physical damage to my eyes, it is not advised that I do anything that would put pressure on the eye including anything inverted (like some yoga poses) or that causes straining (like heavy resistance training). Then there's the whole vision issue - I just don't see that well. So anything that involves hitting/kicking/catching or things that involve controlling a vehicle (biking, sailing) is likely not in the cards.
3. Pain and fatigue issues. Over doing just a tiny amount can set me back days, weeks or months. I keep thinking that I can tell when I'm overdoing but a lot of times, I can't. For example, a walk too and from a local community college set me back 2.5 months. Why? Because I wore my purse while walking. It wasn't a heavy purse. It had a strap that you can wear across your chest. Apparently just that small amount of weight triggered a pain cascade that had me back in bed for a few days and in pain for over 2 months. Craziness. But reality.
So what to do for exercise? I'm not a huge fan of exercise for exercise's sake (kinda seems like a waste of time to me). So what can I do that is functional and creative and not outside of my ability level?
Gardening. I can garden. There's no end of things to do in a garden. Dig, weed, trim, plant, harvest , water, schlep stuff (rocks, dirt, you-name-it). Plus I get the satisfaction of having something truly kick-ass to show for all my hard work - an awesome garden!
I still hope to get to a Zumba class or a water aerobics class - but until I figure that out - Gardening is where you'll find me.