Many of you are aware that I’ve been on a journey of beating Lyme disease for 11 years now and recently was given a clean bill of health. Living with chronic pain has forever changed my life and perspective. I’m very grateful to have been pain-free for six months now!
According to the 2008 National Health Interview Study, 78 percent of adults over the age of 55 report one or more chronic conditions. If you add in the countless RA, MS and Lupus patients who are typically diagnosed in their 20s, lots of people are living with pain.
I can personally attest to the absolute necessity of a healthy lifestyle to combat and even beat chronic pain. By eating right and exercising on a regular basis, you are supporting your body to fight. For instance, science has found that moderate exercise reduces the body’s inflammation, often the cause or contributing factor to pain. Fruits and vegetables have essential anti-oxidants that rid the body of free radicals and other agents also notorious for inflammation and cellular decay.
If you are suffering from one of the vast chronic ailments, I encourage you to see a fitness professional who understands your condition and can adapt and adjust a workout routine to meet your needs and help you reclaim your health. And if I can be of any help, please contact me.
It is your life. Are you doing what you want to do? Are you where you want to be? You can receive encouragement and support along the way, but only you can do the work. Why not work smarter? Here’s a great reminder for how to get goals, not just set them. Make your goals SMART:
S=Specific (the more detailed your goal, the clearer you see it and can reach it)
M=Measurable (how else will you know when you have achieved your goal?)
A=Actionable (start taking action immediately and daily, if possible, towards your goal)
R=Realistic (big dreams are great, but b