Mindful Mondays #10: Work Out Those Monday Blues

Dear purple butterflies,

As some of you may know I had a back procedure last Thursday, so I wasn't able to do a new Mindful Monday blog for you this week. I thought I would bring back a blog that I did last fall about exercising. I hope that you all will enjoy it.

Note: Before trying any of these exercises, please ask your doctor if they are right for you!

Last week I spoke about depression and how it affects all us, especially fibro warriors. Since I try to think positively, I'm going to counteract that low feeling with an informative blog. I thought it might be fun to discuss exercises for all of the purple butterflies. Lord knows I am not perfect, but when I'm depressed, I do my best to exercise. It doesn't happen right away, but soon after; I do end up feeling a lot better. Everyone is different in this world. This method just happens to work for me. I hope that everyone takes care of themselves!

When I was younger, I used to dance around the room and swim. I never really thought, "Hey! I'm exercising! This is good for me!" I was worn out by the end of the day, but I loved it! Ah, to be a kid again! Even though I'm older now and I have fibromyalgia, I'm still a good swimmer. All of my doctors agree that swimming is the best kind of therapy.

Some advice from the website of the University of Florida is that "Exercise can improve the balance of your stress hormones, which also helps with many of the other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia–especially sleep and anxiety." There was a time I was in so much pain, it was near impossible for me to get out of bed. I was afraid that if I dared to exercise it would hurt even more. The University of Florida addresses this too by saying, "Exercise also comes with other benefits for pain. Moving more can help increase the mobility of your joints and decrease stiffness. It helps keep your muscles strong, which in turn provides support helping provide protection for your joints and keeping your bones strong. Regular exercise can also help you maintain or get to a healthy weight, which means less stress and pain in your joints when you're moving around in your normal day to day activities. "You can try walking, biking, dancing, yoga, gardening, anything that you like that also keeps you moving is a great start to becoming more physically active! It also helps if you can find a friend or two to exercise with you, keeping the exercise more social and developing a stronger commitment to continuing."

I would love to hear back from everyone! What is your favorite one, how often do you do it, and where do you exercise? Please leave your comments below! Remember it's free to become a member on my site and free to subscribe!

Till next time purple butterflies! Rachel

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