Fitness benefits chronically illMost of us can relate to being sick. We’ve caught colds, viruses and the flu.
By: Stacy Reuille-Dupont, The Daily Telegram
Most of us can relate to being sick. We’ve caught colds, viruses and the flu. Those of us who are regular exercisers may relate to the feeling of frustration when an injury or illness interrupts our fitness routine. What about when our bodies aren’t just sick for a little while?
For all, it is important to talk with your health care providers. Ask about effects exercise may have on your illness and its treatment. Learn as much as you can about your illness and obstacles you may face. This includes depression, fatigue, muscle loss, breathing difficulties, and other side effects. Ask about treatment cycles so you understand when you need to tone down your workouts. You might want to consider hiring a fitness professional who specializes in your illness.
Cancer: Many studies point to the benefits of exercise while dealing with cancer. It is critical that you talk with your doctor. Depending on your treatment processes you may be tired or weak at different times or need a different diet. Be aware of how cancer and treatments affect your heart, lungs, bones and muscles. According to the American Cancer Society, moderate exercise is best and don’t forget to add activity into your daily life. For example, take the stairs when you can, park away from a store entry and walk, clean your house, carry your groceries or play with your kids or grandkids.
Thyroid issues: First understand what your thyroid issue is. Your particular condition needs to be diagnosed by your doctor. Your exercise and diet needs will be addressed from there. The bottom-line with most thyroid conditions is exercise and diet can help. A disturbance in the thyroid disturbs the endocrine system which translates into changes in how your body functions. You may have unexpected weight gain or loss and it may seem impossible to lose or gain no matter how hard you try. For many, once they get this condition under control exercise and healthy diet go a long way to balancing out life.
Multiple sclerosis: For those suffering from mild to moderate multiple sclerosis exercise may have more than physical benefits. The process of demyelination causes individuals to lose coordinated movement because their neural pathways become scarred and impaired. It is important to talk with your doctor and work with a fitness professional who specializes in the disease. This person should understand how to gather and read individual baseline measurements to set appropriate exercise goals for you.
For many becoming chronically ill is devastating. It is scary, sad, and frustrating. Exercise can be beneficial in most cases, provided you talk with your health care teams, take into account the different needs your body has, and exercise within appropriate levels each day. In many cases exercise has been shown to benefit the physical and the psychological challenges being ill places on an individual. These benefits compound to improve a person’s quality of life in ways that are both tangible and intangible, which is what it is all about.
Stacy Reuille-Dupont is owner of Superior Balance Fitness Center and SuperiorWorkout. com. Comments welcome at www.superiorbalance.com or email@example.com.