Important: These exercises might not be fit for all diseases, especially ME (due to post-exertional malaise). Talk with your doctor before starting any new fitness program.
Does the idea of exercising with a chronic illness seem impossible, maybe even ridiculous to you? You’re not alone. Exercising as a spoonie can be more than challenging. It can be frustrating, painful, and even a bit scary.
The good news is, there is an exercise program made just for people with chronic illness, and it’s something you’re going to want to learn more about!
Proof That Exercise Can Help Improve Chronic Illness
First, it’s important for you to understand that exercise does, in fact, improve chronic illness. It’s been scientifically studied and proven.
This quote comes directly from a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine:
“Regular physical activity is one means of decreasing disability and increasing the number of independently living elderly people, as well as decreasing the costs of the healthcare system. On the basis of a recent review of the results of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), there is accumulating evidence that, in patients with chronic disease, exercise therapy is effective in increasing fitness and correcting some risk factors for the development of disease complications.”
Why “Standard” Exercises Can Be Dangerous for Chronic Illness
So, herein lies the problem: Yes, exercise can be a healthy way to strengthen and tone your body as well as improve your overall health and fight disease. However, “standard” exercises (those designed for able-bodied people who do not have chronic illness) can be dangerous for people who have them.
I speak from experience on this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a good day or a good week, even, and thought, “Let me try this new fitness program” only to work myself into a flare and be flat-out exhausted for days.
This is because even beginner’s exercise videos are made BY healthy and able-bodied people FOR healthy and able-bodied people. No matter how well-intentioned the creators of these videos may be, they simply do not know how to make the necessary adjustments to be beneficial to someone living with a chronic illness.
Even with pacing and being “gentle”, it’s still easy to cause a flare-up or hurt yourself by overdoing it. This can lead to huge setbacks and the understandable desire to never exercise again (even a fear of it)!
Plus, there’s the psychological damage of feeling like you “can’t do it”.
You can do it, you just need to do it differently.
Autoimmune Strong Was Created By a Person With Chronic Illness!
This is where Autoimmune Strong comes in! Autoimmune Strong is a fitness program designed BY someone with chronic pain FOR people with chronic pain. It’s an exercise program that works with your body, not against it!
Autoimmune Strong was created by Andrea Wool, a person who lives with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. After many failed attempts to find a fitness professional who understood how to work with her body’s flare-ups and pain, she created a program herself, and now she’s sharing it with you!
The Autoimmune Strong program starts with the very basics, such as teaching your body how to move properly during everyday activities like carrying groceries or climbing stairs without triggering a flare-up. When you watch and practice along with Andrea’s videos, you have the opportunity to build strength, flexibility, and stamina from the comfort of your own home.
Another plus? For most of the exercises, you only need a space big enough for a yoga mat! Now, that’s convenient!
In addition to learning how to move properly while protecting and strengthening your body, Autoimmune Strong also offers a food plan, lifestyle plan, and a warm and welcoming community of spoonies just like you!
Want to learn more? Click on the link below to get your FREE exercise video. If you like it, sign up with the coupon code below (given to me exclusively by Andrea Wool herself for I Told You I Was Sick readers)!
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Don’t waste another day thinking you “can’t do it”. You can! Give Autoimmune Strong a try, and see how far you can go!