“Exercise,” I’ve been told. “It will enhance your mood; not to mention prevent things like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity etc. – and will even lessen your pain.”
Good advice? Yes.
But that’s not the real question. It’s:
“How realistic is exercise when you’re in excruciating pain, frighteningly fatigued or utterly depressed?”
I’ve personally found that exercise, more often than not, increases my pain level; yet I still exercise. How? I do something I love, with someone I love.
My husband and I dance 15 minutes of salsa, meringue, bachata, cha-cha or kompa whenever I feel well enough. This has been the most successful out of everything we’ve tried. Why? It’s fun, we both love it and therefore motivate each other. We do so just before bed so, if I need to, I can take a strong painkiller that will help me to sleep it off. Oh and I don’t work, so if I wake up in excruciating pain, I can stay in bed all day.
How I benefit?
- I feel it strengthens my marriage.
- It makes me feel better about myself.
- It keeps me in shape even though my life is sedentary.
- When my loving mother says,”You need to exercise.” (her cure all for most things). I say – “I do” – and then we’re thankfully onto another topic :). Gatta love mothers right ;)!
Do you exercise despite chronic illness/pain?
What type of exercise do you do?
Does it help you in anyway?