Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Don't Let A Med Condition Stop You Getting Fit

Hi guys, today I want to talk about fitness. I’ve had a few of my readers saying they would love to work out and get healthy, but unfortunately, they have a medical condition that prevents them. Typically, it’s a condition that makes exercise and physical activities more challenging. Some that have been brought to my attention have been diabetes, epilepsy, and fibromyalgia. The good news for people suffering from conditions like this is that you don’t have to let it stop you staying fit. There are ways to stay healthy and stay safe, even with conditions like this.

Get An Exercise Buddy

My first tip would be to avoid working out alone. Even people who don’t have medical conditions try to avoid flying solo because they know it can be dangerous. If you’re lifting weights without a spotter, it could result in a serious injury. For someone with a medical condition exercising alone means there’s no one there to help. If you don’t have any friends on the fitness train, I suggest you just head to a gym. You can find someone there who is on the same fitness rota as you. I’m sure they’ll be willing to train with you.

Carry What You Need

It’s important that you do have all the supplies you need with you when you exercise. For diabetes patients, that’s probably going to mean at least two needles with insulin syringes ready. This will push up your sugar levels if they start to get low while you’re working out. That can be quite common because you sweat more when you exercise. It’s important that you never try to exercise if your meds you need aren’t close by. For instance, someone with chronic pain shouldn’t go on a long run without some painkillers in their pack.

Wear A Med Bracelet

If the worst does happen while you’re out exercising, you need to make sure people know how to treat you. It’s important that paramedics can provide the right treatment as soon as they are on the scene. That’s why you should wear a medical bracelet with your condition clearly marked. It’s not an exaggeration to say that wearing a med bracelet while exercising could ultimately save your life.

Don’t Push Too Hard

Exercising and getting fit is all about pushing towards new goals and I get that. But if you have a medical condition, you need to take things a little easier. You shouldn’t push yourself too hard. Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling to stay healthy at the gym. Instead, go slow and work up gradually to greater challenges.

Try Different Types Of Exercise

Finally, you might find that different types of exercises are better for you due to your particular condition. For instance, people with fibromyalgia may find watersports easier on their back and legs. It can even soothe the pain that they constantly have to deal with.  Experiment with different forms of exercise until you find one that best suits you.

I hope this advice helps you work to get fit, even with a medical condition.

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