Chronic Illness & Fitness
Body image and state of physical fitness affect the emotional well-being of individuals around the world.
The way people view themselves is a significant life factor and will impact the choices they make.
Furthermore, perception influences behavior and level of activity. When a person is confident, they view themselves as capable, worthy, and make sound choices. On the contrary, an individual with a low sense of self, has difficulty making choices he or she can be proud of.
Importance of Physical Fitness
An adequate level of physical fitness ensures the ability to comfortably complete tasks.
This contributes to a sense of pride and independence as one takes on the many aspects of life.
From experiencing challenges of parenthood to managing career and student life, demands are high. Everyone desires an adequate work-life balance but the reality may be discouraging. Circumstances vary and people adapt to unexpected changes.
Now, lets explore the ways to obtain a healthy balance of fitness while managing chronic illness.
There are three simple principles and the first one involves an understanding of your physical abilities.
1. Be Attentive to your Body.
Explore the areas you are more or less confident in.
Build from where you are and don't make the mistake of measuring yourself among others. You are an individual with a path that is all your own.
It is great to push yourself to see what you are capable of on your best days. Equally so, recognizing those areas where you are physically weaker is important. Allow this information to serve as a gentle reminder to nurture.
2. Progress is Progress.
Go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
Indulge in a bit of self-care. You deserve it.
The size of the accomplishment is of no importance. Your effort is the only thing that matters.
Stand proud and be encouraged as you make strides.
Health goals are a wonderful challenge and focus.
3. Do What You Can.
Most importantly, remember to put forth effort continually.
Have confidence in who you are.
Believe what you are capable of matters, just as much as anyone else in this world.
Commit to making adjustments as changes in your health arise. Move mindfully and with great persistence.
You are human, so give yourself permission to pause but let go of the urge to power down.
Here's to experiencing more good days than the bad, and living a life you never thought you could have.
To your well-being, may it be full of peace and possibilities.