Active Living with an Autoimmune Disease or Chronic Illness
Physical activity is a powerful tool in the fight against autoimmune diseases. We’ve all heard the saying, “exercise helps reduce inflammation and autoimmune disease activity,” and it’s true – studies have shown that regular physical activity can have a positive impact on autoimmune disease symptoms.
But we also understand that starting an exercise routine can be difficult, especially when you’re dealing with pain and physical limitations. That’s why we focus on incremental progress and tailor our approach to your unique needs. Whether it’s light stretching, walking, or other low-impact exercises, we can help you incorporate physical activity into your daily routine in a manageable and sustainable way.
Mission to Autoimmune Remission with Physical Activity
Being physically active and engaging in regular exercise doesn’t have to mean having an intense workout regimen. In fact, physical activity can take many forms. Light stretching and other low-impact exercises like walking get the blood flowing and reduce inflammation.
But the benefits of physical activity go far beyond just reducing inflammation. Even small amounts of movement can have a positive impact on our health. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, moving every 30 minutes can help keep the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle at bay.
Then when you’re feeling well, increasing your physical activity can multiply the benefits. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150-200 minutes of cardio, aerobic exercise, and 1-2 total body strengthening sessions per week to improve your physical health, but also your sleep quality and mental health.
Steps Towards Staying Active with an Autoimmune Disease
We recognize the unique challenges of living with autoimmune disease, so we’ve gathered a selection of exercise resources that cater to all mobility and fitness levels. Regardless of if you’re feeling fatigued or energized on any given day, we’ll help you find an activity can be customized to your individual needs, enabling you to stay physically active in a way that works for you. Our resources are designed to empower you to stay active in a way that not only supports your journey, but takes you 1 step closer remission.
In whatever capacity you’re looking to improve your physical health, our resources empower you to move more throughout your day, switch up your workout regime, and track your progress. We’re here to remind you that you can be physically active in whatever form that looks like throughout YOUR journey.
Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before starting a new exercise regime.
Move Throughout Your Day
Instead of adding another activity to your to-do list, incorporate movement throughout your day.
- Swap sitting for standing during an every day task like folding laundry or use a Standing Desk
- Sit on an Exercise Ball
- Swap a social media check for a few minutes of Stretching
- Drink more water – getting water and using the bathroom will break up sitting time
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Your Exercise Solution (YES)
Movement made for you. Your Exercise Solution (YES) empowers you to create a physical activity route customized to your needs and ability level with joint-specific modifications created and approved by physical therapists.
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Our Favorite Yoga Channels
- Yoga with Kassandra offers free yoga videos for all levels. She’s great if you’re just starting out!
- SarahBethYoga free 5-30 minute yoga videos to help you stretch, strengthen, tone & de-stress. With color-coded thumbnails, you can easily find the best videos for you.
- Equipment: Natural Sustainable Cork Yoga Mat and Cork Yoga Blocks
Intermediate Free Workout Programs
Heather Robertson is a certified personal trainer who uploads free low-impact cardio, strength training, and HIIT videos for home workouts.
Her channel is a great moderate to high-intensity exercise with plenty of modification options. She has workout playlists with 10-minute up to 60-minute workouts.Low-Impact Workouts
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Growth & Development
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