People with chronic health conditions often fear they will never be able to exercise. But with the right advice, support, and the guidance and permission of your physician, it’s most often possible to exercise safely even if you have a chronic health issue.
By starting an exercise program, you’re able to tap into the many wonderful health benefits of regular exercise – including greater energy, balance, coordination, endurance, and strength. Ultimately, it may even help ease the pain or discomfort associated with your health condition. Exercise also:
•Increases blood circulation.
•Revs up your metabolism.
•Improves oxygen flow to your brain and the cells in your body.
•Builds muscle, preventing your body from falling into a de-conditioned state.
•Helps prevent depression by creating “feel good” endorphins.
•Provides a sense of accomplishment.
When you are beginning to exercise with a chronic condition, be patient. Recovering from an illness, injury, or accident requires time and a sustained effort. It will take awhile to rebuild your strength and cardiovascular fitness. Remember, it is important to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program – especially if you have a chronic condition.
Exercise as a family for fun, fitness, and commitment.
We all know we need more exercise, but turning what can feel like a chore into fun family playtime could not only help kids reap the benefits, but help their parents get into and stick with the habit as well.
Parents can teach their kids by example to get up, get out, and make exercise fun – together.
Taking family walks or bike rides are easy ways to get everyone outside and interacting. Turning off the TV or video games and taking the family outside will get the whole family moving. Here, keys to motivating family exercise:
•Follow your child’s lead. If they pick the activity, they’ll be more likely to enjoy it and want to do it again.
•Don’t talk about outdoor family time as a workout. Go for activities that are fun and that just happen to promote physical activity, such as Frisbee golf or putt-putt.
•For their next birthday party, try planning the theme around something physical. It could be a beginner’s karate lesson, bowling, or ice-skating.
•Turn off the TV as much as possible. You’ll all become more active without even thinking about it.
Physical activity can help everyone in the family be and feel healthier. Get outside today for more energy, strength, coordination, and flexibility. You’ll burn fat and calories while having fun with your family – what could be better than that?