Exercises for Chronic Pain: Upper Body Workout

Most of my home workouts come from an app called 30-Day Fitness. I’m not affiliated with them at all, and there are a ton of great workout apps out there. Since the gyms are closed because of Covid (where I live anyway), and most people with chronic illness would not feel super safe going to them at this time, coming up with a good home workout routine is important. These are just a few of the exercises I do. Make sure you consult a professional as necessary before trying anything out. Everyone’s abilities and needs are different.

For more on why exercise can be helpful for chronic pain, check out my podcast episode featuring Dr. Frank Nhan, “Exercise for Chronic Pain.” The link for Apple is below, and the show is also available on Spotify and everywhere you get your podcasts. If you like what Dr. Nhan has to say, please submit a review on Apple!

https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/chronically-living-and-how-to-make-the-most-of-it/id1521945719?i=1000488425134

Exercises for Chronic Pain: Core

I have found that strengthening my body has helped a lot with chronic pain from fibromyalgia. I know that not every chronic illness warrior is up for this type of workout. When I started I went slowly, and added more exercises as I got stronger and found a general decrease in pain. It may not work for everyone but it certainly works for me!

Exercises in this video:

*front planks
*side planks
*bicycles
*jumping leg tucks
*one arm planks with knee touches
*abdominal cocoons
*bent knee leg raises