Sunday, July 20, 2014

Exercise Plan Update

When I sat down and actually began to draw up my ideas for a workout plan, I realized that I could not feel comfortable with it without more research and qualification. I have ideas and tips that I know work for me, but I want to create something that works well in general for all sorts of different people in chronic pain. Because if it's not useful, then what was the point anyway?

In my search for education and knowledge, I have found a couple online programs for exercise science and personal training. I am not going to go so far as to get certified (as that is a luxury at this point). However, I am taking the time to read the books and do the assignments and learn how to design a fitness program. I am truly excited to see what I will be able to produce once I complete this. 

In the meantime, I will add a couple different posts to this site, and will continue to work on developing a three-tiered, free fitness plan for people in chronic pain. 

Thank you everyone for your feedback and support!--Bedhead 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Developing an Exercise Plan for Chronic Pain

Today I tried to search for an exercise plan for people with chronic pain, something for me to follow and improve my fitness, and I could not find anything. I found the occasional webpage with suggested exercise for individuals with chronic pain, but not any real plans for improvement.

Before I got sick, I would follow triathlon training regimens and track my weight lifting/running distances and improve day by day. But following a training plan like that today would likely catapult myself straight into a flare. And I doubt many of my readers would benefit from a plan like that, despite the numerous options available to them online.

So, starting this week, I am going to start developing a 10-week fitness plan designed for individuals with chronic pain. I'll only be using my experience in fitness appreciation and biology/anatomy/physiology, so take it with a grain of salt. But I hope that I can put together a plan that gives realistic, healthy progression for people in pain. The idea will be to meet the weekly recommendations for fitness without compromising the limitations that pain puts on exercise. It will be designed with the goal of self improvement and minimization of pain in mind. And, there will be multiple levels of difficulty built in so people on different ends of the spectrum can benefit.

I'm posting this now because I would love to hear feedback, input, ideas, suggestions, etc., for this project. As I release each week's plan, I would also appreciate it if people could spread the word, share the plan, and, most importantly, give it a try!

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I want to be happy. And this site is about that chance. How to strive to thrive in the body I've got and maybe turn my experiences into something worthwhile.

This site aims to help educate and reach out to people all over that struggle with pain or illness. To try and make something helpful. I work as a medical research writer, my background is in neuropsychology and biology, and I want to share what I learn in a way that is easy to understand. I am not a doctor. I'm definitely not your doctor. I am just some lady who wants to make someone's (anyone's) life a little bit better. Whether you have endometriosis, a chronic injury, a struggling friend, or just want to learn something new, I hope to make a place that has what you are looking for.

Thank you for stopping by, I wish you strength in your health and happiness.