living our best life – physical activity

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Welcome friends and thank you very much for stopping by today.  This week my question has to do with physical acitivity.  This is a tough area for many people with chronic illness since there are some that respond poorly to exercise.  No matter what  illness label you hold, fatigue is always a side effect making exercise something that takes a lot will power to overcome the desire to climb back into bed.

We read, watch, and are told that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle which can lead to guilt and disappointment when we cannot participate in the physical activities that we were once able to enjoy.

So, this week’s question is, What physical movement do you participate in? 

Over the years I have been able to do as little as, yay! I walked up and down the stairs today or to the mailbox.  Currently I am able to take my dog on a short walk, walk in the park, get on the treadmill or exercise bike but have discovered that 30 minutes is about my limit or I pay for it the next day.

Please take a moment to share what works for you.  I am sure many of us are looking for new ways to move our bodies.  Thank you!

 

  • We are not providing any medical advice, only ideas of what works for us.

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    • I love that you enjoyed a chair yoga class, that is something I think I would enjoy too. Regular yoga does not work for me.
      But, the being exposed to germs is so scary….people who are not chronically ill just do not understand how it affects us so much worse.
      Maybe you can fit in a yoga session today!?
      Thank you Robin for commenting, I really appreciate it. Bless you.

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    • I love it that you also strength train, I miss it terribly but it is not something by body can tolerate.
      Yes! just keep on going and do the best you can! Thank you so much Salina for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate your time. 🙂

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  1. Hi Wendi, great post – as ever 🙂 My daughter is a qualified yoga teacher and works with clients dealing with various physical conditions and they have wonderful results along with a relaxing experience. I would suggest talking with a GP first as many of them are now encouraging yoga and meditation as part of the healing process and may be able to recommend a yoga teacher close by. Have a wonderful day 🙂

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    • I love that your daughter knows how to work with clients with special issues. Regular yoga is not something I can do and has caused more damage when I tried to participate.
      Your daughters clients are very blessed individuals! 🙂
      Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by and comment, I appreciate your visit. 🙂 May the rest of your day be blessed with smiles.

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    • Good for you! What a blessing that you are able to be physically active at your job so you don’t have to worry about it once you leave.
      Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by and comment, I truly appreciate your visit! 🙂 🙂

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  2. I’m with you Wendi, walking up and down the stairs is enough most days. Before Celiac, I lifted weights 6 days per week, rode my mountain bike, went snowboarding, and I could run around and play sports for hours, particularly basketball. I can’t lift weights anymore, but I can still mountain bike and snowboard, although I need to take it easy on the snowboard now. I just get worn out quicker doing physical things now, so I have to pace myself. Playing with my kids, doing dishes, mowing the lawn in summer and shoveling snow in winter, and going up and down the stairs all day is more than enough exercise for me now. 🙂 My body always lets me know when its time to rest, that’s for sure. Praise God He gives us His strength! God bless!

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    • I know your pain too well Ryan and it is so difficult to give up the past activities. I thankful that you also have great memories of past activities that we can hold on to, knowing at least we did enjoy those sports, some people never get the opportunity to participate.
      I love reading you are able to still snowboard and mountain bike, praise God!
      Thank you for taking the time and energy to comment – I so appreciate your input into this discussion. God bless you and your family Ryan.

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  3. Firstly, I think it’s awesome that you do that much.
    Secondly… I wish I could do more. I have chronic back and knee pain. I stretch everyday, I must go up and down the stairs a minimum of 8 times. I know it sounds dumb, but when I go shopping, I feel that adds to my so-called exercise. I buy cases of seltzer, usually 8. Picking them up, and then lugging them from the parking lot and indoors… That’s a work out. This isnot including the rest of the groceries.
    Due to the lack of ever remembering, I usually take out the garbage to the curbside 2x’s a week because my roommate is the laziest person alive.
    I also consider my cleaning to be part of my exerices as well. I don’t just do a light cleaning I can really get into the nooks and crannies of things and really clean.
    By the time these activities are completed, I’m in more pain than I started off with. Plus, I don’t take anything for the pain to boot.
    However, if I didn’t stretch before I did any of these little activities, I’d be in more pain and stuck in bed. I certainly don’t want that to happen. 😉

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  4. I try to ride my stationary bike 3-4 times a week. I find with arthritis if I don’t move it only gets worse. Still, there are days I am so tired (have some other health issues) I don’t want to do any exercise. It is a struggle for me.

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    • Thank you so very much Barbara for stopping by and commenting…….the struggle to move is so real for so many of us. I never want to exercise but, if I am having a not bad day, I force myself to do something for fear of losing everything.
      I love how you have found the stationary bike to work for you! I love mine too!
      Hope today is being kind to you………

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  5. Daily walk. I find it grounding as well as removing me from an area that is full of pain energy. Bedroom or the house in general of which I clear often. Using healing energy mostly or burning oils or incense.
    Any change stimulates even if in pain. I have told many clients an age old adage of ‘use it or lose it’ and in most cases that it true. But when we reach the chronic illnesses, that can be against us because any ‘using it’ can inflame and cause more pain. We have to listen to our bodies. But even in chronic areas it is amazing what we can do using healing energy, and I’m even talking about our own here. We all have it and you will be surprised how strong it actually becomes as we clear the walls in our life. Open the heart and we most certainly can move mountains Wendi 😀

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    • Oh I love to walk outside Mark! Isn’t it wonderful to see the beauty and breath the air! When it is too cold out, like it is here in the Midwest, I can’t be outside too long as it causes more pain.
      I also clear my home with sage, it is so energizing for me to do so. I have never burned oils but would be very interested in learning more about that!
      I am working hard at learning about healing energy and it is comforting to meditate on this.
      Thank you Mark for being part of this discussion, I deeply appreciate your time 🙂

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      • I shouldn’t say ‘burn’ the oil Wendi. There are many ways of doing it but in my case it is in a small ceramic container with an area to put a small candle in the bottom and your oil of choice in a small bowl on the top. It heats the oil and it is vaporized into the air.
        Different oils have different medicinal or relaxing qualities. On the internet there will be many places that discuss their usages 😀
        And your right, cold tends to shrink and compress which tends to cause more pain. Come to Australia and its lovely 30 and 40C days and you will live forever…if you don’t get bitten by crocodiles, funnel web spiders or the occasional snake. But so much fun to be had 😀

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      • Thank you so very much Mark for taking the time to explain the buring of oil . I am going to try this and I now will keep on the lookout for one.
        I have always wanted to see Australia, it sounds amazingly beautiful except for the whole deadly wildlife thing. 🙂

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      • I was jesting (a bit). It is very safe here unless you go wandering into their territory which is usually ‘out in the scrub’ but we always be aware of that environment. We actually have very few snake or spider bites and then it is usually an accidental encounter or someone has been gung ho to kill something and ended up being bitten.
        Otherwise it is a beautiful place. I think the poem ‘My country’ by Dorothea Mackellar sums it up pretty well 😀

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  6. I was just thinking how much I haven’t even been trying to exercise recently, and I’ve gained a few pounds because of it. Yikes! Not a good thing coming into the season where we eat more than any human should, and we believe it is ok because it is “that time of year”. Ha!
    I’m often a weekend warrior when it comes to exercise. Since I can only take migraine medication 2 days a week I try to save it up for the weekend and I admit I jam as much as I can in those 2 days, even if I feel like poop, I still try, because those are the days I can spend with my honey.
    So I try to walk a good bit during the weekend. We take the dog out, we go to the mall, we go to the Farmer’s Market…anything that we need to do like grocery shopping, and lately looking at houses. Until I collapse, which happens much sooner than I’d like. But I get in about 3500 steps a day on the weekend. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a LOT to me.
    I was getting in that much every day before this constant migraine started, but not since then.

    I used to do these videos that I really need to start doing again. They are called Sit and Be Fit. You can find them on YouTube for free. It was a series on PBS for years! It’s geared toward the older generation, but it’s a good workout all sitting down. Some are more challenging than others, if you find one that’s too much, just try another one.

    It really was helpful for a long time when I could barely walk due to the vertigo. Now the migraine pain intensifies to much when I exert myself it’s really hard, but I think I’ll give these a go again. Never know until I try. And I really need to get my butt moving if I can. Hopefully it will help me feel a bit better, I know I always feel better about myself when I accomplish some kind of physical activity, and it’s supposed to be good for me too…hahaha.

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    • Oh Wendy !!!! I am so excited to “see” you – I think about you so much and send prayers up for your regularly!
      Girl, I know how hard it is to function with migraines and if you are able to get out and walk 3500 steps – you my dear are a BADASS – and don’t you forget it. It is struggle to get out of bed but you do it anyway and you are an inspiration to me.
      Thank you for mentioning Sit and Fit – I do remember seeing that on PBS years ago and completely forgot about it. I will see if I can find it on YouTube as I think those could be very helpful.
      Bless you for stopping by and leaving such helpful comments……you are amazing dear.

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      • Oh darling let me clarify I can only walk that much when the pain is below a 6, and I’m not having the other symptoms too much. I have a really hard time with light so we have to do things indoors. Makes me sad since the weather is so gorgeous here right now, I just know nature would help my depression.
        I’m so glad you are doing these questions, it has been reminding me of things i know to do for myself that I really needed reminding of.
        And gives me new ideas too.
        I also like to do some yoga, but very geared to my abilities. I used to love it, but with my balance and joint issues it’s challenging now.
        But yoga cures everything, right? 🤣😂
        xoxo Namaste wendy

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      • I understand Wendy, but what you do with being in so much pain day after day is truly amazing and you my dear are a badass!
        I am so humbled by your kind and encouraging words! I have also enjoyed reading all the responses and suggestions and I now have a HUGE pile of books I need to tackle due to all the great suggestions a week or so ago.
        I hope today is treating you well. 🙂
        p.s. Yes, I have been told yoga cures everything too…….unfortunately, I tried it and ended up in bed for days………

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  7. I am much less active than I used to be: hiking, bicycling, taking walks.
    I still take the occasional walk around the neighborhood, and I enjoy being outside; however, the dust and pollens do me no good.
    I have a small trampoline, and I jump on it 20 minutes in the evenings in front of the TV. If I don’t have the energy for that, I have a large ball – the kind you sit on – and bounce on that for 20 minutes. I read about rebounding, and it stimulates the immune system, so I try to do exercises that jog those lymph nodes.

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    • It is so frustrating not to be able to do the activity level we once were able to do! But I love that you have found things to replace it like your trampoline and exercise ball! I have also read about the the benefits of rebounding but unfortunately that is a no-no with chiari.
      Thank you my friend for stopping by and joinging in the discussion – I really appreciate you being here.

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    • That is so interesting. I know jumping is good for your bones, but I think that’s on hard surfaces, I wonder if it helps on things like you are doing too. Hmmm. And I wonder if I could do it with my problems. I might try. 😊

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  8. I’ve learned to let my exercise type and intensity fluctuate with the ebb and flow of my Fibro symptoms. Sometimes I can do a lot more than other times, and I’ve learned to be okay with that. Gentle stretching, yoga, and walking are okay most of the time. I also have good intentions of learning Tai Chi because it’s supposed to be really good for fibromyalgia, but I haven’t gotten there yet….

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    • What a perfect way to handle your exercise activity levels. I try not to push myself too hard on really bad days but as we all know, if we don’t push ourselves, we would never get out of bed.
      Tai Chi is something I have always wanted to try too……..searched for it on YouTube and I had a hard time following along……..but it looked so peaceful.
      Thank you so very much for stopping by and sharing what you do for exercise Terri, I really appreciate it! 🙂

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      • If you have Amazon Prime, they have some Tai Chi videos that are included with Prime. They seem like they might be a little easier than trying to follow along on YouTube, because they take a more step-by-step approach. I haven’t tried them, but I did put a couple on my watch list to try. I’ll let you know how it goes once I try them. Blessings to you!

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  9. I climb the stairs 3 times a day, I have no right hip, my left is 1/2 worn away, my knees are shot. I was scheduled for a heart stress test, I told the doctor the only thing that stops me is the pain; he canceled the stress test saying if I can climb stairs my heart is doing fine. I play my Uke, banjo, and guitar to keep my hands feeling OK. I work in the Garden and woodshop 2 hours a day. I work on my Earthworm farm on Thursdays; I stay busy it keeps my spirit in good shape. I do everything except the stairs from my mobility scooter. Thanks for asking.

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    • OK, I have to admit, just reading your comment I started to feel more pain. Holy moly, I can’t imagine how much pain you must be in…..and God bless you for keeping yourself moving. My goodness, gardening, walking stairs and playing instruments – I love it! Thank you so very much for taking time to leave comments – I deeply appreciate your visit. Hoping today was good to you!

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      • Thanks, it’s mostly a matter of setting things up in a manner for me to be able to access them. As I’m sure you know 80% of the battle is being in the correct frame of mind. That’s why I read blogs like yours and other people write about their day to day activities. The acceptance that this is the way things are and they won’t get any better helps as well. “Our abilities are much stronger than our disabilities”, I stole that from a blog it’s one of those statements I wish I thought of.

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      • wonderful quote Jacque and I am deeply humbled that I am included with the blogs you read.
        Thank you for being willing to share part of your life with us! I hope today was kind to you.

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  10. Wonderful post Wendi! I used to do one hours yoga morning and evening followed by one hour of swimming. Now because of my knees pain only slow walking with friends and gossiping. Now I feel this one hour time spent with friends rejuvenates me for 24 hours!!

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    • Thank you Deeksha – I am sure it was a difficult adjustment going from 3 hours of exercise to walking but how wonderful that you are able to go out with friends. I love how being with them makes you so happy! 🙂 Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by and comment, you are appreciated.

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  11. Good to hear you are doing more exercise even if it is gentle setting limits is important because to stress or expend too much energy results in much tiredness the following day. I have been forced to do more walking these past couple of weeks gathering information I need for my short trip. I have found my energy levels have increased and sleeping better as I have not napped in the afternoon.

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    • I am so happy that your energy levels have increase and are sleeping better, what a blessing for you! Thank you so very much for your kind words, I always appreciate it when you stop by for a visit. Hope your trip goes well!

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  12. Thank you for sharing!!.. I do walking (where I get a lot of my photos), gardening, Tia
    Chi and the laundry… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May you always be blessed
    with walls for the wind,
    a roof for the rain,
    a warm cup of tea by the fire,
    laughter to cheer you,
    those you love near you,
    and all that your heart might desire.
    (Irish Saying)

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  13. I am so proud of you, Wendi, for not giving into the fatigue. That right there you deserve a medal for, cuz I KNOW what that is like.

    I have been physically active all my life. As I age however, my chronic conditions are making it more difficult for me to keep active. Yet I do. I work out at the gym 3-4 times a week (and yes I work out hard!), and walk, (which I haven’t been doing on account of what is going on with my cats which I must get back to!), and I do yoga stretches. I cannot do hard aerobics for that will land me with an asthma attack. I know my limits as you do. Anyone looking at me would not believe the “problems” I do have. I just keep going. If I stopped, my back would seize up, and my legs would stop working.

    Think of me and I will think of you (as I did today!) on those days when it seems not possible to get off the couch. God bless you for encouraging others!! xoxoxoxo

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  15. I used to walk 3 miles a day. Now I’m lucky if I make it up and down the stairs twice. I’m not sure if the chronic migraines or side effects of my medications make it worse, but I am constantly exhausted and sore

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    • I am so very sorry to read this Kristie! I can’t imagine how frustrating it is for you. But good for you for going up and down the stairs, that is a good workout for your legs and lungs every trip!
      I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop by and comment and being part of the discussion. Hope today treats you well……….

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  16. Really good topic because exercise can be so negatively impacted with chronic illness. It’s hard to think now how things used to be for me ‘before illness’… I could walk for hours, I’d go running.. now a short walk can be an uphill struggle. I try to make a small walk part of my daily routine, but if I don’t manage it then I try not to be too hard on myself for it. Moving around the house a little, getting up every now and then (I have to spend the days lying in bed propped up as I can’t sit normally in a regular chair any more). Gentle stretches can be good too, even with day to day things like I’ll stretch my legs out while waiting for the kettle to boil. I’d like to work in a little more activity – I’ve got a new yoga mat I bought last year that’s just gathering dust, not yet used once. Oops!
    Caz xx

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    • Thank you so very much Caz for taking the time to leave such important comments! It is very difficult for some people to realize that exercise does not always make things better for everyone. And there are days that we just can’t do it, our bodies will not allow us to move more than to – hopefully – the bathroom.
      I appreciate your honesty so very much, I know how hard it can be to think about what you use to be able to do compared to this moment in time.
      Bless you for being part of this discussion and I hope today is treating you well!

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  17. In the summer, I spend most days out in the garden and that’s my exercise, the level varying with fatigue and pain levels but it keeps me going through the summer. Once the weather changes, and school and activity chaos begins, all my symptoms creep back in and amplify. I’m making myself get out every weekday for a 20minute walk(I don’t get too far sometimes- haha!) and it seems to help a little bit. As someone else said, slow and steady. Just hope I can keep it up as the weather gets even colder! I’m keeping my eye out for a used recumbent bike too, but they’re expensive! 💕

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    • Oh, I would LOVE to have a garden and I am so happy to read that you are able to enjoy this during the summer. Gardening is such great exercise, not to mention all the vitamin D your body is making!
      I enjoy walking outside too, but our weather here in the Midwest is getting colder and it hurts my body to be outside in it too but I try to walk my dog a few times a week, even in the cold but man, I really have to PUSH myself too.
      I hope you are able to fiind a recumbent bike!
      Thank you so much for joining in the discussion Amanda, I appreciate your time. 🙂

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