A Little Exercise Motivation

EXERCISE MOTIVATION:

Exercise offers amazing healing benefits. A good workout improves our mental attitude, strengthens our cardiovascular systems, reduces stress, improves our overall quality of life and helps to slow down the effects of aging. Sometimes the last thing we want to do when we’re in pain pain, tired or overwhelmed is to MOVE, but we have to keep going! On non-flare, non-pain days be sure to MOVE & keep moving!!!

More on Exercise & the types of exercise that work well for Spondys & Spoonies

Today is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Awareness Day…

Today is both Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS/CFS/ME/MCS) Awareness Day. The purpose of awareness days is to educate, draw attention, dispel myths and to offer support to those who battle these conditions each day of their lives. The Positive Pear provides information on these conditions as well as, methods for living with & coping with these invisible chronic illness positively, naturally & holistically. Sending many healing hugs & amazing positive energy to all who are battling these chronic conditions. Remember it is possible to live Chronically, Healthy, Happy, Fit & Fab!!

Only One Workout Away!

You’re only one workout away from a good mood!  It’s fairly common knowledge that exercise has incredibly positive effects on the body, but exercise can also improve mental health.

It takes only 10 to 30 minutes into cardiovascular exercise or strength training to release endorphins, which helps to reduce stress, and relieve symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, tension, fatigue and anger, while also improving vigor & self-esteem. The release of endorphins also helps to reduce pain (including chronic pain) & enhance the immune system.  Having workout partners or joining a group exercise class gives you the added bonus of socializing with people who share your interests and common weight loss & fitness goals. Continued exercise will also help to delay the effects of aging.  Having a regular workout routine is much like having your very own fountain of youth! After your workouts you experience a sense of euphoria and a higher level  of energy. You will also likely sleep better after a good workout, feel more energetic the next day and find yourself in a better mood.

So come on, what are you waiting for let’s get moving!

Courtesy of Shake Fitness

Living with Chronic Health Conditions…We’re Stronger Than We Think!

Over 100 million American live with chronic health conditions and illnesses, such as autoimmune arthritis, ankylosing spondilitis (AS), multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes, Crohn’s and lupus to mention only a few. Our symptoms—like pain, fatigue, muscle aches and weakness, disturbances in vision, cognitive difficulty, intestinal distress and memory loss—aren’t always visible to the naked eye. The ones closest to us, such as family, friends and co-workers can’t always recognize the sense of loss, loneliness and isolation, that we as sufferers can experience. In spite of the many obstacles that we strive to overcome daily associated with living with chronic illness, we can strive to live full and very meaningful lives regardless of the severity of our conditions. It takes having a good support system, becoming our own health advocates, through knowledge and education about our conditions, symptoms, medications, natural supplements, appropriate healthy nutrition.  While also knowing the types of exercise that works for own individual lifestyle and abilities which helps to reduce our levels of stress, which can trigger symptoms. While striving to maintain a positive mental attitude. As someone living with multiple chronic invisible illnesses, I understand the many daily challenges that sufferers can experience and I encourage you to recognize that as a statistical group, or as beautiful, unique individuals, we are so much stronger than we think! YOU are much strong than you think!!

“You never know how STRONG you are until being strong is the only choice you have” ~Unknown~

“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” ~Friedrich Nietzsche~

Beautiful people don’t just happen: “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”  ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross~