In many prestigious medical journals worldwide, there exists the results of numerous groundbreaking studies shown to support the incredible benefits of exercise. There is also much evidence to support the use of exercise for the prevention of numerous chronic health conditions, as well as its ability to help reduce the symptoms that are associated with many forms of invisible chronic illness. While we search for the best medications or natural remedies, it is imperative that we remember the importance of including exercise in our daily regimen, as it offers great healing power. Exercise helps to fight disease, improve our mental attitude, strengthen our cardiovascular system, reduce our stress levels, improve our overall quality of life and helps to slow the effects of aging. Click “here” to read TPP’s articles on safe & effective forms of exercise.
There isn’t a single health condition, invisible chronic illness or form of autoimmune arthritis that does not benefit from some form of exercise. Of course the type of exercise will vary form person to person, based on age, degree of mobility, weight, and other varying factors. Exercise is crucial to all and especially those of us living with invisible chronic illness. Staying fit can even help us to manage certain symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, stiffness and chronic pain. What are some exercises that are helpful? For Ankylosing Spondylitis & Autoimmune Arthritis sufferers, strength training is incredibly important, because strong muscles relieve stress on the joints. Yoga is a wonderful way of maintaining flexibility, while detoxifying the body, and helping to reduce stress & symptoms of depression. Meditation & Yoga are incredibly beneficial for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis and similar conditions. Dance-Fitness such as Zumba, Salsa dancing, Hip Hop Cardio, Hula Hopping are typically low-impact, minimal stress on the joints and an incredibly fun way to sneak in weekly cardiovascular exercise without feeling like you’re working out. Also swimming, pool aerobics, biking, hiking & lastly walking which is something that everyone can do and it’s quite easy to incorporate into a daily or weekly fitness routine. Exercise reduces stress, which in turn helps to reduce inflammation, which helps to reduce pain, thus enabling one to maintain mobility. Exercising also releases endorphins which helps to regulate the pain centers in the brain. Be sure to vary your workouts regularly and listen to your body to avoid excessive post-exertional malaise as with Fibromyalgia & CFS/CFIDS/ME or prolonged recovery for AS sufferers who are in mid flare. Running, dancing & strength training on a swollen knee, ankle or hip would not be beneficial, but swimming might be more feasible, however you should allow your body to guide you. Exercise is incredibly beneficial to all living beings & quite the magic bullet when combined with “Holistic Health & Whole Body Wellness”, together providing a wonderful way to remain Chronically, Happy, Fit & Fab!! ~The Positive Pear~
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