“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
When I reached the peak of pain and deconditioning, I knew it was time to revisit the question of exercise.
Here's my theory: Managing pain consumes a lot of energy. If exercise helps eliminate a lot of my pain, then I would then have that energy at my disposal for fun stuff, like showering or making my bed. Also, it takes a lot more energy for my deconditioned body to do activities than a body in good condition would. If I improve my strength and endurance, again I will be making my body more energy efficient. It seems to me that exercise is an important part of my recovery.
Yet exercise is risky and fills my heart with fear and trepidation. I know what happens when I do too much too fast. I would have to proceed with caution.
I decided that exercise needed to find a permanent place in my daily routines. Recognizing that it has a high energy requirement, I would simply have to scale way back on all my other activities in order to fit it into my energy envelope.
So, I added morning stretches/isometric exercises, modified from the book I have, Pain Free. I also do yoga before my morning rest. And, I bought some of those negative heel exercise shoes that I wear all day.
I did feel a push back from it when I started, but it didn't cause an outright crash. I just had to scale way back on my other activities. I've adjusted now. And I've tolerated a slight increase in my morning stretches. My pain has diminished. I don't feel like I've made a lot of progress in conditioning, but hello! Patience, child.
I think I'm on the right track.