Three Things Nobody Tells You About Exercise and Chronic Pain
1. Proper exercise can help you manage your chronic pain and disease.
Sitting on the couch may feel like it is all you can do when you experience chronic pain, but in fact, it is actually bad for your health. Research has demonstrated that movement and exercise is extremely beneficial for people with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and other chronic pain or chronic fatigue disorders. Some of the proven benefits include enhanced overall physical and mental health, reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy levels, decreased fatigue, improved sleep, reduction in pain, improvement in mood, increased or restored range of joint motion, even in individuals with chronic arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, increased muscular strength and endurance, even in individuals with muscular or joint degeneration and a general reduction in overall symptoms.
2. However, not all exercise is created equal. Many types of exercise can be too much for people struggling with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and other chronic pain or chronic fatigue disorders.
Research has demonstrated that physical and psychological stress can aggravate the symptoms of an autoimmune disorder and other such chronic conditions. Exercise produces elevated cortisol levels, which causes stress on the body. This means that the elevated stress on the body caused by exercise actually can be the cause of an immune system attack or a flare-up of pain within the body. I call this the “exercise to flare-up cycle.” The wrong kind of movement program can stimulate too much stress on the body, and make us feel worse rather than better.
3. Not all exercise elevates stress, so it is important to find that exercise sweet spot.
Autoimmune Strong is designed to provide that sweet spot of exercise that gets you off the couch, gets you moving, in a way that is gentle and just right for your body. You can get strong without crushing yourself in the process. Exercise can be healthy and nourishing to the body.
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