Hi guys. Hope this is finding you all well and if not I'm sending hugs and warm wishes.
I've not been doing so great recently- tired and run down- but I'm muddling through and seem to be improving since I didn't need a nap today.
Anyway, to the subject at hand:
I've seen about exercise (of some level at least) being good for arthritis cos it kinda builds a bit of resilience and generally strengthens limbs. I was wondering how much people have found this helps and if you have any tips for how to exercise without actually exercising. Or if you have any other little tips for generally keeping going, motivation etc.
My pain levels generally aren't too bad (ignorable or short lived for the most part), but energy and general achy/ run down feeling is a pretty annoying constant and when I start doing things I find the otherwise not so bad pains sap my energy and strength.
Most of my days are spent at home sitting on the sofa or bed with the odd trip to the loo or kitchen. I get out for an average of once or twice a week for maybe a couple of hours. I feel like I should really be doing more, but I'm finding it difficult telling if I'm only feeling this good cos I'm taking it so easy.
So I'm thinking maybe some gentle exercise or other little things might help me with that. I was thinking of a regular swimming trip cos it's something my bf could do with me and it's gentle exercise, but my local pool is so cold and getting changed afterwards is such an ordeal cos I get so heavy and everything's so tight.
I'm trying to think of any other things I can do that could be a regular, but flexible thing and how I can motivate myself to do stuff.
I'm stuck in a bit of a boring area so it's difficult to find any reason to head out even if I'm feeling like I might be capable of it.
I don't know if this whole building your tolerance stuff has any baring on something like this, but I feel like maybe I should at least be trying. I'm feeling like such a lazy sod chilling out at home using the excuse of my condition when I'm not necessarily suffering. Sometimes I genuinely can't do stuff, but I feel like the rest of the time i should at least be making some effort.
Sorry if that's a total ramble. I kinda lost track there, but basically I guess I'm asking what keeps you guys going and if you have any tips for doing stuff when you're not so keen on doing anything.
You know what I'm actually pretty lost with all this. I kinda feel like therapy would be a good call to help me work some stuff out, but last I tried it they didn't really get the whole chronic illness thing and treated it like my mind was the only limit. There was no helping me work out myself, it was trying to get me to work towards normal when that isn't an option.
Rambling again. Sorry.