PART 1 – EXERCISE!
By William for wheezingaway.com
(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)
Again, as I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!
As for me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.
As I write my blogs, I always try to keep that mindset of educating others and myself with every word that I may write.
In my on-going series, “Reflections”, I try to share materials which may help or benefit others in their daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disease they may be walking with in their life travels.
Today we begin a six-part series referencing ‘GAINING STABILITY WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES’.
Gaining stability in life when a person is battling a constant companion that any chronic illness is can be very challenging as most anyone with a chronic illness knows – things may change at the snap of the fingers.
In scouring various areas of information, ‘Gaining Stability’ to a life with a chronic illness can be done and more importantly must be done at the absolute minimum through a regular routine and awareness.
One of the most important things a person can do when doing battle with any chronic illness (in my case COPD and Severe Asthma) is to bring a sense of stability within those daily battles and travels.
There are six simple areas which seem to stand out as important for gaining stability within a life with a chronic illness and they would be – exercising, avoiding sickness, sleep and rest, knowing yourself, social contact, and nutrition.
We will begin our six-part series on GAINING STABILITY to a life with a chronic illness by talking about ‘CONSISTENCY IN EXERCISING’!
GAINING STABILITY WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS – ‘EXERCISE’.
Exercising to many is not much fun to begin with and when you have a chronic illness such as I do with COPD and Severe Asthma, exercise can become even more difficult to get it done and get it done on a regular basis.
But we also know that anyone with a chronic illness is aware that it is extremely important to exercise to keep the full body working in a healthy and proper way.
Exercise can take on many different looks including daily walking, riding a bike (either outdoors or an exercise bike indoors), getting on a treadmill or even doing something like Tai Chi, Tae Bo or shadow boxing, and for some light weightlifting. The important thing is – any exercise is of upmost daily importance!
Doing it and doing it consistently is possible the most important part, because doing it consistently is telling your whole body that they are part of the recovery, healing or survival process as one battles their chronic illness.
This writer knows how difficult it can be, especially when you may have a heart issue along with a battle with COPD and severe Asthma. Exercise becomes every bit of a challenge on many levels sometimes.
This writer also knows how difficult it is and on top of that, this writer has never been big on lots of exercising anyway. But we can tell anyone without any doubt that my body, my whole world knows when I am not exercising because it not only affects that constant battle with COPD and severe Asthma, but it affects my whole life period!
Some days will go better than others, but all should aim for five days a week to exercise and one should always go for a goal, for instance a minimum of 15 minutes per time when it is not so good a day to a minimum of 30 minutes on those days when all seems to be working well. When one gets betters at that exercising routine, then some can and maybe should try to exercise twice a day at least three times a week.
Whether one reaches that goal of exercising five days a week with three of those days doing twice a day, it is of upmost importance to remember one basic thing – give yourself a chance to rest at least two days of the week so your body, which is already exhausted from battling a chronic illness, will have an opportunity to rest up and recuperate while also contemplating the new life it is adventuring with exercising.
Will you always like doing this, heck no. But you will find the realization that when you do exercise on a regular basis, your bodies breathing and heart rates will become more stabilized and your time frame of bouncing back from any flare up involving your chronic illness will decrease.
Oh, did we also mention that regular exercising will most likely result in a much better and consistent attitude and behavior toward life and one’s chronic illness. Trust me, those that are regularly part of your walk in life will take notice!
So, for this part one installment of ‘Gaining Stability with Chronic Illnesses’ – REMEMBER that even when you may not want to, the stability or consistency of exercising of some sort will nearly always prove better than not doing it at all and in doing so, your stability in battling your chronic illness will increase as well.
As always, we like to end our postings with a question:
REACTION QUESTION – What do you find the best way to exercise and how do you find doing it consistently works in building more stability in your own battles with your chronic illness?
For those who would like to reflect their response to us or others, please leave a comment in the comment section of this posting, thanx.
SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.
AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.
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