Little Victories, Little Breaks, Repeat
I know, I know… “Not another exercise blog! What are they thinking?!” It’s a tough topic that is frequently debated on — to work out or not to work out?
I wish there were a cut and dry answer, but in reality, it comes down to this: does the pain completely stop you from working out, and do you care about your future health?
Well, the obvious answer is that most people do care about their health. The main issue is that it hurts pretty freaking bad to lift weights, go run an Iron Man triathlon, or in a lot of cases, just walk. Most of the blogs I read out there describe things to do if you were an intermediate gym-rat. Let’s be honest — we’re not gym rats. I’m not even a treadmill-mouse. So, where do you start? What can you slowly incorporate into your daily life that doesn’t take a lot of time or cause substantial pain? Let me show you!
Parking just a little bit further…
Whether you have to park at the mall, work, or a restaurant, try parking one space further than you normally would. This isn’t strictly for conditioning your legs to walk at further distances, but for the self-image of your level of fitness. Release some endorphins in your body by conquering small victories every day! The following time, try going two spaces over and so on and so forth.
Grab a friend and browse the mall
Seriously, who doesn’t love the mall and the occasional window shopping experience? Having a friend to peruse with you is ideal: you get to catch up and talk while simultaneously doing a bit of light walking. What is even better is if you combine tip 1 and 2!
Cleaning up the house
Here’s one thing I don’t like to do: clean up the house. How hard is it to put your laundry away neatly?! I digress…
Cleaning up around the house is a fantastic way to stay active throughout the day! They key is still, and always will be little victories. A load of laundry? High five! Cleaned the microwave? Take a 5-minute break! Little victories, little breaks, repeat.
Walking, walking, just go walking
It’s the simplest form of exercise, the oldest trick in the book, and the least sought after exercise tool in the history of, well, ever: walking. Why is walking so easy and so beneficial? Well, it’s how we get around. It’s how we get from the house to the car, and from the car to into work. It’s beneficial for the plethora of things it can do for you!
- improved mood
- sparks creativity
- weight loss
- lower risk of chronic diseases
- strengthen legs
- helps keep you “regular”
- improves self-image
It’s no wonder you see so many people walking outside. The thing is, how many of those people are dealing with chronic pain? Well, that’s a tough one. You can improve your chances of success by properly preparing with the following:
- investing in the perfect pair of shoes
- properly stretching (here’s a guide!)
- being prepared for the climate (if outside)
- starting on level ground
- have emergency items (inhaler, cell phone, wallet, etc.)
- letting someone know where you will be walking
This all seems pretty daunting at first, but with this set-up, you have an additional tool in your fibromyalgia tool belt to fight off symptoms to feel your absolute best! Remember: little victories, little breaks, repeat. You can do this!