Apr. 20th, 2010

phantoms_siren: (Namaste)
Exercising and getting fit when you have an autoimmune disorder is a lot more work than just getting fit. I have lupus and fibromyalgia. Even gentle low impact exercise can leave me in crippling pain, strenuous exercise can incapacitate me for days. And by "strenuous" I mean 20 minutes of shape boxing or half an hour of gardening. I can't even imagining running a marathon or going on a long hike.

It's hard to build any kind of routine when you can only fight through pain for so long. Usually I'll take up a new exercise or sport, get used to it over a few weeks, try to go to the next level, hit that invisible limit and cripple myself, then try to get back to it a week later and find that I'm bored with the "easy" stuff, but can't cope with any beyond it. It's hard to stay motivated and engaged when you have to stick at beginners level.

So far yoga is the only thing that I've been able to stick with for any real amount of time. It's a lot easier to avoid stress, strain and overwork whilst still doing something of benefit. So far yoga hasn't really helped me lose weight but I'm more flexible that I've ever been, I'm able to progress through a lot of poses at a reasonable rate and I feel much more balanced in myself.

The really important thing is remembering how much yoga helps. Especially right now, when my hip is partially dislocated and I can't move my head as my neck muscles are messed up, when my vision is going misty from pain, its hard to think about doing anything at all, let alone crawling around on the floor doing Adho Mukha Svanasana or Ardha Matsyendrasana.

Therefore my aim with this journal (beyond general diet and exercise) is to record my yoga practice, to try to remind myself daily of its benefits, note my advances, focus on areas that need improvement and ultimately prove to myself that I can achieve something despite the pain.

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