I’ve written quite a few posts on fitness during the different times of my illness. Whether it be pilates, functional fitness, or my overall journey with fitness, I’ve talked about it. However, today I wanted to dive a little deeper into my experience with movement and exercise by making a video. If you’re looking to learn more about my past and how I go to where I am today, be sure to go read those articles I linked above! In the meantime, let’s dive a little deeper into how exactly, I am able to maintain weekly workouts without doing what everyone with a chronic illness is afraid of doing: sending my body in a downward spiral. Of course, like any worthwhile endeavor in life, learning what type of exercise suits my body best has come with its many setbacks and lessons. You truly can’t know something until you try it, and this definitely applies to fitness as well. So, how do you avoid the terrible downward spiral that we all do everything to avoid? First and foremost, I talk about intuition. Secondly in this video I talk about recovery, including the supplements that I currently use to help support my body, it’s healing, as well as the important role of sleep, epsom salt baths, and mobilization/rolling out. I also talk a lot about what happens when we start to workout outside of our homes and begin to fall into the comparison trap. This is a trap that can be easy for anyone to fall into, especially if they are a fitness guru like myself. However, as Theodore Roosevelt once said “comparison is the thief of joy.” True that Roosevelt, true that….Of course, I couldn’t end the video without hitting on the topic of diet, how we all differ when it comes to macros, the importance of adequate calories, and overall what I have found suits my body best. It is important to note that not every day is a good day. Sometimes I struggle to get through a workout, and sometimes I simply do not workout at all. Again, exercising with a chronic illness is ALL about intuition. I’ll say it again. Intuition. Don’t want to be in tune with your body? Well, then, exercising with a chronic illness may just not work. The choice is up to you! But I swear by it. Not only will you benefit from being more in tune with your body, but so will your health and overall wellbeing.
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John 3:20-21 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”