I know there are days when even getting out of bed is impossible, so the idea of walking seems downright crazy. Well, on those days, it is. On those days, maybe the only exercise you can manage is rolling your ankles around....or your wrists. Well then....roll your ankles around and give yourself a gentle pat for doing your exercise.
But don't let that be an excuse to make ankle rolling your main source of exercise. Back in the 1940s and 50s, smoking was the biggest health risks. Today it's sitting. In research involving over 100,000 people, what became crystal clear is that sitting around all day causes tons of health problems - right up to and including premature death. You've already got a health problem, which is bad enough. If you don't get moving, you're going to be headed downhill from there.
If you're one of the lucky ones with access to a pool, then swimming might be your ticket to regular exercise. It has the advantage of being very gentle on your joints. And if you're carrying around those extra pounds that usually come with chronic pain, then the water's ability to help support you is nothing short of a blessing.
But if you're like the rest of us who have no access to a pool, then the exercise I love the best is walking. Slow walking. Putting one foot in front of the other and moving. And while you're at it, take a look around. You might find yourself noticing things you never knew were right next to you.....and a sense of wonder and awe might begin to grow. And you know what? That sense of wonder is one powerful key to growing your happy and burying your pain. Besides....you just might find some money on the street!
It's a big mistake to do nothing just because you can only do a little. So getting off your keister and walking - even if it's only as far as the neighbor's house and back again some days - will put you in the company of all kinds of geniuses who walked to escape boredom, increase creativity and reduce pain -- people such as Einstein, Darwin, Steve Jobs and Thomas Jefferson - all who were dedicated walkers.
Oh - and on those days when you are down for the count, instead of watching TV for hours, you can spend some time watching YouTube videos of Olympic athletes or yoga exercises. Did you know that just watching people exercise can literally have physical benefits?
If you're struggling with chronic pain, I'd love to have you join me in my private Facebook group Plan B for Pain. You'll find inspiration, companionship, and even laughter.