Exercising During A Pandemic

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Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing okay in these trying times. We are living in a new world and still trying to figure things out for the future. I am feeling better, but it is an up and down situation. There are days where I don’t feel sick at all, then after a few days, I am down for the count because it hurts to move around or breath. I am telling you that whatever virus I have…it sucks.

It doesn’t make it better since I already have two chronic pain conditions, which are fibromyalgia and costochondritis. So, the pain is much worse and the only thing to help relieve the pain from those conditions is exercise. Well…if you are sick…you don’t really feel like exercising. However, I have been doing very light stretching/exercise where it is helping a little bit. If most of you don’t know, I am a health coach and I have done tons of research for chronic pain plus doing research on the types of stretches that help with the pain.

I have a lot of things on my plate, but I have felt the results and I will recommend exercising to anyone who experiences chronic pain or for whomever wants to start exercising. But, this isn’t the post for that. I wanted to share the light exercises that I have been doing in order to help relieve my pain, but also keeping me with my healthy journey. The light stretches/exercises I have been doing takes about 10 minutes to complete. Here is what I have been doing:

  1. I start off with a little bit of weighted stretching. I use my ballet arms and do 15 reps of each movement.
  2. After I do these movements, I start on some stretches.  These stretches will stretch out my chest/back.  I put on a timer for 20 seconds, close my eyes, and stretch. (Cat and Cow pose) (Opposite Arm and Leg pose and alternate to other side) (Alternate to other side) (Alternate to other side)
  3. After these stretches, I move onto a little core work, I do the same thing as above and do 15 reps of each movement.  I do crunches, bridges, leg lift (each side), and I use the band to stretch my calves/feet.
  4. The very last thing that I do is popping my back/stretching my back.  I do this for 20 seconds, but I literally feel like I just got done at the chiropractor.  I use a regular foam roller for these.

There you have it.  A simple and easy exercise that you can do from home and it takes me 15 minutes to get all of this done.  I get it done in the early morning so that I can feel ready for the day.  I hope you all enjoyed this and want to try this out.  I am starting a challenge month here soon, so if you want tips and such, then sign up here.  As a side note, I will do this exercise a different way each time to keep up the momentum.  If I do feel like I need to take it up a notch, I do add on 5 at a time such as instead of 15 reps…I do 20 reps or instead of stretching for 20 seconds…I up it to 25 to 30 seconds.  

Also, I, sometimes, add a plank hold or some push ups.  It depends on what my body needs for that day and what needs to be stretched.  Well, that is it for now and if you have done this exercise, let me know below on how it went.  As always, I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you in the next post!

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