I’m taking a break from blogging this summer as I focus on my move, but in the meantime I have some great guest posts on various topics lined up from the autoimmune community. This post is by Mary Lapp, a sufferer of multiple food allergies. You can find her blog at Simple and Merry.
Many people with autoimmune conditions (or other health issues) don’t do well with intense exercise. If we go on that 5 mile run, we are totally exhausted and useless for the rest of the day. There can be many reasons for this, (see The Paleo Approach, p. 258-260 to learn more) and we have to be careful to not slow our healing progress by pushing our bodies too hard. At the same time, we know how important it is to exercise for our health, from a cellular level to an emotional one.
Then there are some of us are fine with exercise, but time flies by and the exercise just doesn’t happen! Actually, intentional exercise, fitness centers, and daily workout plans are a relatively new phenomenon. Back in the old days, we had to move to survive, and exercise was not an issue. Have you ever washed laundry by hand? I have, and it is a lot of work! (And I promise I’m not suggesting that you get rid of your washing machine…)
This was my garden before I moved! Taking care of it was exercise, for sure!
I am no fitness expert, but am a very practical person and tend to take a functional approach to exercise -> movement! Here are some ways to incorporate movement into your daily life – while accomplishing great things! I Love to get more than one thing done at a time! I know that some people have too much pain or exhaustion to accomplish some of these ideas, but use the ones that work for you, while appreciating your body for what it Can do. As you heal, hopefully you can accomplish more!
Please know that I am not a fitness expert! Use your discretion and talk to your doctor before trying anything new. Remember, safety first!
Things you could do every day:
Try to sit as little as possible.
o Have a standing or treadmill desk. (I just have my computer elevated on a box.)
o This is probably the most important suggestion here.
o This actually helps my productivity Tremendously!! (I’m not as likely to get “stuck” on facebook.)
Clean something every day! Full body cleaning is great exercise!
o Any kind of an extra project that includes moving, stretching, thinking, etc…
o Clean the grill, clean the bathroom, clean the garage, the car, the fridge – its efficient exercise!
- But do be wise and not overdo!
o At work all day? You will become very popular if you clean things at work!
o Don’t think of it as cleaning drudgery, think of it as part of your workout routine that is making your life more orderly. I certainly feel that my healing improves in a clean and orderly environment.
Do something outside, preferably barefoot (weather appropriate) in the grass.
o Mow the yard (not barefoot!) Trim bushes.
o Hang Laundry, Fold Laundry, Put Laundry Away!
Play with kids!
o If you don’t have any – I’m sure you can find some to borrow!
Run errands on foot or bike
o And if you need to drive, park as far from the door as possible so you can walk.
Go for a walk or hike, and multi-task
o Listen to a podcast at the same time
o Run an errand if you can.
o Find a walking partner so you can have non-food social time with friends.
o Use the time for emotional processing.
This is me! Emotionally processing in utter beauty!
As you heal, there is nothing wrong with some intentional exercise! Please don’t think that I am discouraging this.
Jump on a Trampoline – even just for a few minutes!
o This is great for circulation, joints, and getting blood to your brain!
o If you don’t have a trampoline, I highly recommend one! Mini tramplines (rebounders) are fairly reasonable.
Yoga – or any stretching, breathing, healing exercise
o This can be wonderful even at early stages of healing.
o Be sure to choose the appropriate level. It can range from stretching to very intense exercise.
o This is wonderful full body exercise that easy on joints!This is my sister Leah, who lost 25 pounds while on anti-psychotic medication (no small feat!!) – by merely eating AIP whole foods, moving, and jumping on the trampoline.
Mary Lapp is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and ex Pastry Chef who lives in Lancaster, PA with her husband and her sister. She follows the Paleo Approach Diet because of her multiple food allergies, and is passionate about the healing power of whole and simple food. She blogs her (mostly AIP) recipes at www.simpleandmerry.com. She has also started to include blog posts about brain health, with her sister joining her to share in the experience of healing the brain. Feel free to visit her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SimpleAndMerry.