Four tips to help you get started with exercise when you have a chronic disease
Regular physical activity is the most important thing you can do for your health. Exercise can help you manage your symptoms while improving your health. Not only is it good for your body, but it can also improve your mental health and mood, decrease depression and anxiety, and impro and preserve cognitive functioning.
Even if you have a chronic disease, being physically active can improve your health and quality of life, by helping you manage your symptoms and giving you more energy to do your daily chores.
If your health problems have kept you from exercising for a long time, start slowly. Walking for an hour at a time may cause you to become so fatigued that you might not want to try it again. Keep it simple.Start out with 10 minutes or 20 minutes for the first couple weeks and then work your way up to a longer duration and even a faster pace.
It’s OK to break up your exercises or daily tasks and take breaks. For example, instead of trying to exercise for 60 minutes and getting wiped out, break it up into three separate 20 minute sessions spread through the day.
Something is better than nothing.
If you’re having a challenging day, remember that doing something is most often better then nothing. Simple movements and actions over the long run can add up. So do what you can to increase your stamina – especially on days when you’re feeling better. Be it walking around the block or just walking around the kitchen, make sure you move at least a little bit every day.
Be accountable to someone
Whether you’re healthy or living with a chronic disease, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Training under supervision of a physical therapist is also a sensible way to prevent unwanted health setbacks or injuries
Living with chronic pain can be difficult but it certainly doesn’t have to mean ruling out physical activity. In many cases, the less you move, the more pain and fatigue you’ll feel. Exercise helps to manage your condition and will boost your mood and energy levels, significantly improving your quality of life.