Get out there!

This is the first blog I’ve attempted to write. Through chronic disability my life is restricted. It took three years for me learn that I had to put my limitations to use and so I began writing a diary. It was only a few months ago I was advised that blogging was also a good way to get out there and learn from others and share their experiences to help others. Blogging is now becoming a hobby and helps one to think of good coping skills and strategies even if it is only me blogging to myself. I know chronic disability is hard and it effects everyone differently which is why I have opted out of mentioning my type of chronic disease. However, my disability affected my ability to cope with my hectic but well paid job and also restricted my social life that included daily physical exercise.

Living became impossible until I was forced to make changes that I began by writing a list.  At the top of that list was my physic and health and I knew that until I worked on this my creativity would be gone forever. I have a lot of ideas and plans to start up a business so when I get well again I will not have to return to my stressful job. I have no idea how to blog and set up this website that will also be my business website one. However, I want to thank the Daily Mail for telling us about Natasha Courtney-Smith’s story http://natashacourtenaysmith.com as this has enabled me to take the plunge although I am terrified. 

Natasha encourages people in her blog to get out there and that is what I will try to do.  After a consultation with the dietician that I will discuss in a later post I knew the only option in my situation was to sink or swim. The prospect of swimming was a difficult because at that time I was unable to swim. I made this my first step to positivism and change and booked swimming lessons with Virgin Active https://www.virginactive.co.uk/active-matters/articles/swim-to-supercharge-your-fitness.  My lovely swimming instructor Magda encouraged me to move ahead with my physic and learn how to make my limitations work for me. I will be blogging and writing a kindle book on getting back to fitness through a combination of swimming and walking. The walking urge returned during the swimming lessons because my adrenaline was up after the lesson.  

Swimming helps you to improve heart rate and blood flow and maintain a healthy weight. What most people don’t know are the little benefits of swimming that separate it from other forms of exercise. Swimming not only helps with general physical fitness, but it encompasses a host of other benefits such as muscle toning, breath control, and meditative qualities. With so many peripheral benefits in one workout, you can kill two birds (or should I say six birds!) with one stone. Here are the little known benefits of swimming:
Swimming helps you to improve heart rate and blood flow and maintain a healthy weight. What most people don’t know are the little benefits of swimming that separate it from other forms of exercise.
Swimming not only helps with general physical fitness, but it encompasses a host of other benefits such as muscle toning, breath control, and meditative qualities. With so many peripheral benefits in one workout, you can kill two birds (or should I say six birds!) with one stone. Here are the little known benefits of swimming:

WALKING

Walking can be done almost anywhere, at any time, and in any weather. It's a great way to get from A to B, which means you can fit walking into your daily routine. Walking is classed as a moderate-intensity activity and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. If you walk 10,000 steps a day, you will probably do more than 150 minutes and that's great: research suggests that the more activity you do the better, as there are numerous benefits of exercise.
Walking can be done almost anywhere, at any time, and in any weather. It’s a great way to get from A to B, which means you can fit walking into your daily routine. Walking is classed as a moderate-intensity activity and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. If you walk 10,000 steps a day, you will probably do more than 150 minutes and that’s great: research suggests that the more activity you do the better, as there are numerous benefits of exercise.

Walking the steps recommended seems daunting andI will explain this more in later posts how to conquer the fear and walk back into fitness.

 

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