A chronic illness flare-up can be difficult, both physically and emotionally. Here are some tips for keeping your flare-up from derailing your fitness goals.
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What is a Chronic Illness Flare-Up?
Depending on the chronic illness, the symptoms are going to be different. For me, I have lots of pain in my bladder. For my other condition, I have dizzy spells, and sometimes even pass out. Both of those make it difficult, or impossible to get my regular workouts in. There are, however, things that I can do to keep my fitness and health goals on track, even during a chronic illness flare-up.
I will be the first one to admit that I really struggle with this one. I have interstitial cystitis, so for me, when my bladder is in spasms, why in the world would I want to make myself pee more? Well, for one, staying hydrated can flush out any irritants that might be in my bladder. It can help your body functions stay regular, and increase your metabolism. Every single system in your body needs water to do its job, so proper hydration is crucial to staying on track.
Focus on Nutrition
For me, my goal is to be healthier. So, throwing myself a pity party and eating all of the junk food I can find simply because I can’t work out isn’t going to help me achieve that goal. Sticking to healthy eating habits will help me. So, if I’m not able to work out, I have to make sure that my meals include lots of healthy foods. Even if they are easier meals. Lots of stores sell pre-made salads, so those are always a go-to option for me. I also try to keep lots of healthy snacks on hand, as well. Somedays, the pain is so intense that snacks are as good as it gets. I do also try to keep a few healthy meals in the freezer for these occasions. I prep them when my health is good, and use them when I struggle.
Move What You Can, When You Can
You know your capabilities during a chronic illness flare-up better than anyone else, so trust your own judgment and do what you can. If that means that you can walk in place for even two minutes, do it. Or do some yoga if you’re able to.
Do Something For Yourself
Take a bubble bath. Read a good book. Color. Watch your favorite television show. Paint your fingernails. Do something that will help you feel more like yourself while you aren’t feeling well. It can be so easy to feel about yourself when your health is poor, doing something to make yourself feel better is so worth it. It will help keep your spirits up and make the rest of the things on this list feel more worthwhile.
Sometimes, the best thing that you can do for your body during a chronic illness flare-up is to simply rest. Let your body ride it out, and heal.