The doctor always said exercise helps. It was hard to believe when I felt like a concrete truck had dumped its load on me and then proceeded to drive over me. At the time I was unloading trucks and stocking shelves.

Now I know that exercise helps at least with my energy levels. When I do yoga in the mornings I am able to be more productive the rest of the day, at least most days.

I do it although I have constant pain. Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and costochondritis are with me almost constantly. Despite these things, I still get more energy when I workout.

It doesn’t have to be a strenuous exercise. Even the gentle practice I find on YouTube’s Yoga with Adrienne are enough to give me a boost. I select specific videos based on how I feel each day.

I skipped my morning workout yesterday, so I chose a bedtime yoga. It helped me slip into sleep faster. I feel much more rested this morning. I may have to begin doing two workouts a day since it seems to help.

There is exercise for everyone. My friend Traci (has spina bifida) taught tai chi to senior citizens. They all did it sitting down. The reason I like yoga, especially yoga at home, is that it can be modified for where one is at. T

here are days my balance is bad, so I stay low to the ground. At least I don’t have as far to go when I topple over. And yes I fall over when in table top position sometimes.

I found out when my shoulder froze that exercise helps. Though I have constant pain in my left shoulder due to the arthritis, I continually move it. I never want a useless arm again.

The same goes for my knee. I make it move whether it wants to or not. Even my fingers are given exercise to do. The arthritis may be changing their shape, but I constantly use them and even have a couple of things to squeeze to keep them as flexible as possible.

Do you exercise? Do you find it helpful? If you don’t, it is something you can ease into. My grandmother would hold her legs out in front of her while sitting without the benefit of a foot stool. She swore it helped her legs stay strong.

Baby steps when beginning exercise. Your body will tell you what you need. Even if it’s just squeezing a small ball. Or moving a ball with your feet from a sitting position.

Love, Peace and Light! Rita


Published by My Crazy Life

My husband, Ralph, and I are on an amazing adventure together. We’d like to share our life with you. We are determined to enjoy our life despite my health issues. I have Ménière’s Disease, migraines, asthma, Fibromyalgia, Lichen Sclerosis and osteoarthritis. My goal is to help others see they too can lead a wonderful life.

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