Hey guys! I know, I know – the title might be a bit provocative. But you know I suffer from M.E and fibromyalgia, so I understand how hard it is to ‘exercise with chronic illness’ (or even make it out of bed!) As my M.E is moderate to sometimes severe, physical activity is often very difficult for me. What this post is going to be about is how all of us with chronic illnesses can do something, it’s about finding what works for your personal level.
My Inspiration/Sponsored Post
One thing that inspired this post was the reaction I had to my recent Spoonie New Years Resolutions post. Often posts like that are discouraging, as they aim way too high for my level of health and I just can’t relate. Hitting the gym 5 times a week? I’d be happy to make it out of bed 5 times in a week!! So many spoonies contacted me to say that they’d enjoyed my post as it was more relevant and relatable to them. When Mobility Nationwide contacted me about their #AchievementForAll campaign, it was the perfect timing!
Inspired by the Rio Games last summer, Mobility Nationwide, who specialise in mobility vehicles, launched their campaign to encourage people of all levels into activity. This times in perfectly with my own NYE resolution of re-starting hydrotherapy. This post is sponsored by Mobility Nationwide, but all content, ideas and opinions are my own!
Exercise With Chronic Illness – What is Exercise?
The important part of this is defining what we mean by ‘exercise’. Of course, most healthy people would class exercise as going for a run, hitting the gym or doing yoga. That is often completely unachievable for spoonies (obviously depending on your level of fatigue or disability). What I’m talking about here could more accurately be defined as ‘activity’.