If you’re thinking about exercising to help with your chronic pain or overall health, it is important to consider two things: (1) pacing – so that you don’t over exert yourself one day and pay for it the next; and (2) action planning or goal setting so that exercise is realistic for you. Also, remember to always talk to your healthcare team before starting any new exercise routine! If you’re having thoughts about your ability to exercise that are causing you distress, check out this podcast episode.
This week we’re exploring one of my favourite yoga poses. I find it to be a great stretch for my back as well as my chest as it acts as a back bend and chest opener. Make sure to check with your healthcare team before doing any new exercise routines. The information in the video is based solely on my experiences. Stretches can be great for pain that is muscular – check out this podcast interview with Dr. Yass about muscular pain. As always, keep making the most of it!
If you never thought of cleaning as exercise, I’m about to blow your mind. So we all know that movement is important. And when you have a chronic illness, even getting some light exercise in daily can be extremely beneficial to your health and overall wellbeing. Cleaning is a great way to do that. Sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, taking out the garbage…you’re literally moving your whole body while you do these chores. This is one of the places where changing our outlook on something can really help us! If you’re feeling a bit hopeless about where to start or about whether you can do some cleaning for exercise, check out this podcast episode on creative hopelessness.
Hopefully you can get your body moving this week and keep making the most of it!
These are some exercises that I use to make sure I’m getting sufficient movement in my elbows and wrists, especially when they feel tight and/or sore. Remember, exercise isn’t always about strength or cardio; for chronic illness warriors it’s often about getting different types of movement because it is helpful in keeping our bodies going. However, if you want some more information on weight loss, check out this podcast episode (with Dr. Francell Hamilton). And please consult with your healthcare team before starting any new exercise.
Happy moving, and keep making the most of it everyone!
This is not for the faint of heart. To be honest, this is great if you’ve been building up your exercise game and if you do some hiking already. I did a video post last year on more gentle hikes, which are a fantastic alternative to going for a walk. This is kind of levelling up those gentle hikes. Yes, I do this even with chronic pain. Why? Because I love hiking, and will take the time to recover (for example, the day after I did this I did a channel float where I sat on a tube for 3 hours and floated down a channel/river). Remember to please consult with your healthcare team before starting any new exercise. Alright, take care and keep making the most of it!
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Who says mini golf isn’t exercise?! Any kind of movement, especially if you haven’t really been doing any because of your condition, is good movement! So let’s keep it fun and easy and just take our exercise regimes one step… or one put… at a time. Please consult with your healthcare team before starting any new exercise. If that made you laugh, then check out this podcast episode on how humour can improve your well-being when you have a chronic illness. And of course, keep making the most of it!
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Bicycling is often recommended as a good way to get some exercise, especially for people with certain chronic health conditions. It is generally low impact, and helps with cardio. I know when I use a stationary bike it’s sometimes hard on my knees, but that didn’t happen with the road bike I went out on. In general, I found it to be good exercise, something I could control in terms of how much effort I put in (in other words, you can choose not to overdo it), and was fun! Please consult with your healthcare team before starting any new exercise. Check out this podcast episode about the evidence-based treatments for chronic pain that helps explain why this type of exercise is important. Keep making the most of it everyone!
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This week we’re exploring golf as an option to incorporate some movement as chronic pain/illness warriors. Like all of the exercise options we explore, this won’t be for everyone, however I found that there were some nice advantages because it’s a non-intensive way to incorporate movement. And movement, as we know, is so important for chronic pain. Please consult with your healthcare team before starting any new exercise. It also ties in nicely to this week’s podcast episode on self-care, which you can check out here.
Let me know if you hit some balls, and keep making the most of it!
I’ve been wanting to do a post on swimming for quite awhile, but I hadn’t gone swimming in quite awhile! I went today and as always remembered how much I enjoy it, and why it’s recommended for people with autoimmune disease. If you’re able to include swimming into your exercise routine, or if you’re wanting to start integrated exercise and movement into your routine, this is a good place to start and I’ve found it’s great for me! As always, consult with appropriate healthcare professionals when starting or changing exercise.
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It’s important to move our bodies as much as we can, even just to get the blood flowing! Sometimes chronic illness warriors find it difficult to get up and about, so this is an easy practice to get some movement in – either sitting or lying down – without putting too much strain on the body or taking too much energy. Plus it can be done multiple times per day if needed and only takes about 20-30 seconds each round.
Keep making the most of it!
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