I'm returning to the gym after eight months off. After my first eye surgery last April, they thought I was not healing well so I suspended all activity until my eyesight was restored in my left eye. Long story short, I was left with a decentred ablation that could only be fixed with further surgery, which I had in early December. I still can't see very well and have come to the conclusion that - in spite of wonky eyesight - the show must go on. I have to resume my life as normally as I can.
The bad eyesight seems to be contributing to my vertigo, which I had suffered a bit before surgery, but has become greatly exacerbated by the difference in vision between my two eyes.
Which means finding a new way to exercise.
Now that I fall off steps, and treadmills, and stairmasters, and a lot of yoga makes me nauseous, I had to find a totally new routine. I love Pilates, but have to regain a better level of fitness before I can resume that again, so I ended up hiring a trainer at the gym.
Now, I've never thought of myself as a trainer kind of person, but I figured that hiring someone to help me come up with a solid fitness plan would be money well spent. I also needed someone to hold me accountable. I've lost a lot of gym confidence and am looking for any excuse to skip. (Oh, it's Groundhog Day? If the groudhog sees his shadow, I can't work out for six more weeks!)
Hiring a trainer has been a good move. I looked for someone with experience rehabbing clients: I did not want a Gold's Gym addict telling me to push through the dizziness. She's taught me what exercises will work with my limitations. She's shown me how to use everything in the gym correctly. And she is holding me accountable. It's not a forever thing but I started with the mutual understanding that this is to get me to the point where I can do things on my own. It's exactly what I needed.
I'm still doing cardio on my own (waiting for Nicollette Sheridan's debut as Alexis on Dynasty keeps me on the bike I have at home) but for weights and complicated things, this has been a blessing. If you are looking to get back into exercise and have a mental block, consider hiring a trainer for a session or two.
If you have vertigo, please see your doctor. Some people find that a physiotherapist can help them. Others find sleep and rest are the only things that help.
My friend Sherry, of Capricorn and Clove, has also experienced vertigo (we are literally dizzy blondes!) and has found some essential oils mixes that help. I asked her to share what works for her.
Vertigo! Not fun.
Those who have experienced vertigo -- like me -- know this. I find it usually strikes early in the morning when I’m driving, and causes dizziness and nausea. Some people describe feelings of spinning, headaches and loss of balance too.
Having been trained in Aromatherapy, I naturally turned to my oils. There are many essential oils that can help ease these symptoms. I have found Basil, Rosemary and Peppermint work for me.
Basil: helpful in reducing dizziness and vertigo.
Rosemary: helps relieve dizziness & fatigue.
Peppermint: cooling/refreshing, helps to snap you out of fainting feeling & nausea.
How to use:
4 drops Basil
3 drops Peppermint
3 drops Rosemary
Add to water in diffuser and take deep breaths.
5 drops Basil
3 drops Rosemary
2 drops Peppermint
Put these oils in a small cup and add 15ml of carrier oil ie. coconut or grape-seed oil and massage onto body.
Relief on the Go
I put 2 drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and take it in the car with me!
I hope this has been helpful! Make sure to do your research to find the right oils for you!
Capricorn and Clove
As always, with oils, make sure to clear things with your doctor. Some essential oils are very powerful and don't mix well with pregnancy or other conditions. If you want great oils advice, click on over to Sherry's Instagram and you can DM her if you have any questions!
Have you experienced vertigo? How do you motivate yourself at the gym? Are you into essential oils? What are you doing to make 2018 your healthiest year ever?