At Home Workout for Chronic Illness – Wildlight&Lush

I never work out. No more than a little light yoga, and by light, I mean, light. I’ve tried analyzing why – because I used to love going to the gym, doing zumba, and taking walks. And now I just… don’t. Ever. I think reason number one is my anxiety. Being out of breathe, tired, and achy definitely brings me back to the time I had the panic attack after we literally climbed a mountain, so. I don’t know. Feeling out of control of my breathe, and feeling that exhausted just makes me really anxious. Also, dealing with a chronic illness comes with depression (fatigue, lack of motivation, etc.) and fatigue due to malapsorbtion of nutrients and other things. So all of these things combined has definitely put being active low, low, looooow on my list of priorities. But lately I’ve been really interested in trying to figure out what kind of workout will benefit me but also not push me to the point of anxiety and exhaustion. Something people don’t realize is that being “tired” and experiencing “fatigue” are two totally different things. I get so exhausted sometimes, I feel sick. Like burpees are 100% absolutely out of the question.

But I’m tired of feeling the way I do and I know the only way to overcome the anxiety is to do it and keep doing it so I’m starting reeeeeal real small. And I’ll just work up to how I was working out before!

10 minutes of light yoga with Adrienne on Youtube!
Arm exercises (variety/whatever I feel like doing) with 8lb weights
resistance bands (flutter & donkey kicks)
squats
Lunges

I do 10 each (20 for lunges) and repeat until I’ve been active for at least 15 minutes. And I am building up to 30, then 45, and so on. THE STRUGGLE.

+ Side planks
+ sit ups
+ light cardio

…If I’m feelin’ up to it.  LOL. I went to the actual gym for the first time today in like.. two years. I was there for about 45 minutes with Kyle and it actually went really well! I’m excited to go back, already and get back into striving for a healthier lifestyle.

xo

16 Comments

  1. Congrats on getting back to it. I always have all of this ambitious plans to make it to the gym but after long days I’m just so over it and there are like 500 other things that either sound more fun or more important than the gym. I do always feel great afterwords when I make it. Im going to try to get to the gym later this week/weekend!
    XOXO Nicole

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Same, girl. Same. There is so much going on its easy to find something more important to do. But our fitness and well being needs to be a priority! Still trying to pound THAT into my head. lol

  2. I’ve had to stop working out due to a knee injury and I’ve felt sort of lost since. I think I’ll definitely try yoga. I’ve never really known where to start. Thanks for the youtube suggestion!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Yoga is the BEST! Sorry to hear about your injury though. I did a post about my favorite youtube channels for yoga, feel free to check it out! They all have beginner videos that help newbies like me.

    • Kaleigh Reply

      I am lazy too.. it’s a real problem. But doing something light and at the LEAST – 15-30 minutes, it’s better than nothing! For a while, I was doing 10 squats every time I went to the bathroom during my work day (at the time, I was also drinking a TON of water) and I noticed SUCH a difference in my legs and behind. Sometimes, all it takes in consistency – not really how hard or how much you do in one sitting.

  3. I felt like you’re talking about me in your article, I get tires so easy when doing any physical activity that makes me give up pretty soon after I start exercising. I discovered though that I like to take long walks on streets or in the park and I continue taking them. But at some point I must return to the gym too. 🙂

  4. Congrats on getting back into working out. Keep up it up love and you’ll be back to where you were in no time.
    xx | A

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