For months now I have been going through a flare and I have been in an emotional slump. I just decided last week that even if I feel like crap I am going to get some exercise. So I started walking and riding bikes with my son and I have noticed that my emotional health has improved and I don’t feel as drained physically.
I do admit that after the first day of walking I ended up in bed the entire next day but I just cut back the exercise enough so that I wasn’t pushing my body too hard and it seems to be working. Yesterday I didn’t have a good day and again I was in bed until almost lunchtime but as soon as I got up I took a walk on the treadmill (it rained here all day – yuck).
I’m going to see how this works out and I’m going to do my best to keep up the exercise ritual and just listen closely to how my body is responding. If I find that it’s too much I will cut back but I do need the exercise. All of us with CFS & FM needsome form ofexercise – even if we can only do a few minutes.
We also have to realize when we need to push ourselves and when we shouldn’t push ourselves and I am finally getting the hang of this I think. You don’t want to push yourself to the point of total exhaustion, but if you have been physically down like I have been there comes a point when you have to push yourself some. I am forcing myself out of this physical and emotional slump and I won’t let the CFS & FM keep me down forever.
If I am having good days I am going to take advantage of the good days within reason and try to quit worrying so much about what will happen IF I do this and what will happen IF I do that. It’s no fun living life like that and I am ready for the change.
Please don’t try any exercise program without first talking to your doctor.