keep fit and have fun


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All of us with chronic illness know how important it is to at least attempt some kind of fitness regimen. Psoriasis has been linked with metabolic syndrome, hypertension and diabetes, among many other things. Exercise can at least help reduce the risk of those things, along with eating properly, medication and more.

For me, exercise is important. I don’t do it as much as I should, and it’s so easy to get off track. There are a million excuses, even excluding the usual suspects (laziness, too busy, procrastination): flares, brain fog and mind-numbing fatigue, to just name a few.

So, what’s a girl to do? I try doing things that are enjoyable, to at least increase the probability that I’ll make time to exercise. I do yoga at home; Netflix even has a yoga for aches and pains available through instant stream that is incredible. It’s also about 45 minutes long, so I definitely have to plan that one into my day. Now that it’s warming up and the flare that plagued me last year has (mostly) eased up, I can kept back into my morning walks with my dog and joining the Professor on evening walks with Otis. I really enjoyed getting up and outside before most people were out and about; it gave me a good amount of time to just centre myself and get ready to start my day.

I think exercise needs to become a must-do for me; none of this putting it off to a later that never comes. I need a little accountability, I think, or maybe a reward system, like Elisabeth has. Anyone want to be workout buddies?