Getting Fit | Big Boobs & Body Pain
My fitness and physique has bothered me for a while. Suffering periods of low self esteem and falling into depressive crevices, I realised my unhappiness had begun to reflect in my appearance. Confining myself to the comforts of home had taken its toll, both physically and mentally, as I subconsciously allowed my fibromyalgia the permission to abstain from doing much, if anything. I was worn out and felt defeated. Taking control over my body and mind came to the crunch – I’d become addicted to marshmallows and already beginning to resemble one. Things had to change.
Creeping toward the end of July a gym membership suddenly appealed. My doctor was happy I suggested it and agreed that joining some classes would do me a lot of good. I’d tried running and cycling unsuccessfully (living in the hilly Yorkshire Dales doesn’t make for a gentle workout) and establishing a proper exercise regime seemed the logical way forward.
The problem with getting fit whilst lumbered with a chronic pain condition means it’s not as simple as pounding the gym til the fat drops off. I would love it to be that easy, but with pain thresholds and the concern of overdoing and damaging muscles puts limitations on the type of exercise that’s suitable. I had to be ruthless but also realistic with myself.
Then there’s the issue of the big boobies! Where exercise is concerned it’s important to make sure boobs are well supported, for comfort’s sake and your health. I knew keeping myself in one piece and under control would be a high priority.
I decided to commit myself to 3-4 sessions per week: pilates, aqua fit, and zumba (or aqua zumba), with at least one swimming session.
I’ve never been that great at swimming, but the pool was definitely the way forward. I decided to get back into swimming and work on my techniques and ability as my capabilities increase. I’ve been going a few weeks now and already I’m swimming further and able to try different styles to target more areas of my body, with front crawl and back stroke being my favourites! Whilst I’ve not yet had chance to compare zumba as it doesn’t start until September, aqua fit has been a good option for me, as it incorporates motion with exercises using weights and floats.
Pilates is proving to be the most challenging, as I’m recovering for a few days after. Last night’s class was especially painful, and I’ve been feeling pretty down about it today. But, I’m persevering with it because even through the discomfort and pain afterwards, my tummy muscles feel really good. The strengthening poses and techniques will, in time, benefit my muscles, and hopefully increase my pain threshold.
Wardrobe was a concern for me from the beginning, and it’s been a learning curve as I’ve engaged in the activities. For swimming I decided I needed to purchase a new suit for the most comfortable fit. My big boobs have proved an issue though, especially once I began my aqua fit. My swimsuit is more suitable for leisure, such as general swimming, but for vigorous activity it’s not up to much! The lifeguard being male added to my insecurity, as I just knew I was bouncing all over the place. I tried to dip down into the water to hide myself, spending more time being embarrassed than concentrating on my class.
For my pilates I’ve been wearing my yoga pants with a quick wicking exercise vest. The first time I wore a regular balcony bra underneath but I’ve been wearing my Panache sport bra since, as I found the construction of the normal bra wasn’t particularly comfy for movement. I needed something less irritating and more solid. My Panache sport bra is more like a really supportive crop top, with a good firm band that doesn’t dig in under the boobs. I wish it wasn’t underwired though, and I could do with a 30GG really, not the 28H it is.
Even though I’m aching after my gym visits and I’m so tired, I am noticing the changes already. I’m feeling more capable and fitter in general, and it’s encouraging me in terms of my confidence. Right now I just really need to fine tune my clothing: get a firmer swimsuit that’ll keep my boobs reassuringly in place and establish a comfortable yet supportive outfit for my pilates and for when I venture onto the gym equipment.
Do you have big boobs and/or a chronic pain condition causing a barrier to your fitness?
Do you find the difficulties posed with chronic pain and exercise discourages you from working out and getting healthier?
Or maybe you’ve established a really good regime that keeps you on top of your pains?
I would love to hear your tips and own experiences!