A few months ago, I just felt like I wanted to be more mindful of my movement.
We all know that moving more is better? Right? Well, I am not sure.
Inflammation. Yes, Inflammation. We have been at odds for a few decades.
If you are like most people, then the rule of average applies to you - but if you aren't, you may feel ashamed or just confused by what exercise is right for you.
Of my many late effects, one is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It sounds rather harmless I know, but it effects me more than I would like.
I am exercise intolerant and yet exercise is most beneficial. Thanks POTS.
So back to 10,000 steps. Considering I chase a 4 year old around most of the day and really do not sit - I was just positive I would accomplish that goal by noon. Whoa. Not even.
This beautiful self-care gift soon became a constant reminder to shame myself.
Now, if you have chronic fatigue you will understand what I am about to explain. Before my auto-immune days, feeling tired was something that passed. The fatigue from a good workout felt good, eventually. Chronic fatigue is a completely different element. If you push yourself too far there is no feeling good. Recovery is well, unknown. One workout too many can be six weeks of utter exhaustion.
That said, you have to work on where that edge is.. and it changes. In mindfulness, I am learning how to feel where my energy is so that I know what I can do. Exhaustion also seems to come when I am not engaged enough... so finding this balance is where I feel best.
So little is known about late-effects so I am basically my own experiment - as we all are to a degree. My goal this Fall is to accomplish 10,000 steps as often as I feel able.
While it is always possible to push ourselves, it is important to remember that inflammation is real and can be our silent enemy if we are not mindful. If you have any questions about inflammation please comment or private message me.
In thinking about your own wellness goals - where do you feel you need to listen closer?