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How to reach your daily step goal without leaving the house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the beginning of a new year and you’re excited about the fitness goals you set.  Then it hits you, not fear, not the urge to take a nap, or the desire to quit, but the frigid air that slapped your face when you opened your front door.  You quickly slam it shut and run to hide under your blankets. Then you ask yourself if your goals are realistic, because unless you can walk next to a space heater there is no way you will reach your daily step goal.  The good news is that although I can’t warm up your outdoor temperatures, I can give you some examples of how to reach your daily step goal without leaving your house.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

  1. Get a treadmill

Treadmills are a great option if you have the space.  They allow you to move your body in the same manner as you would typically power walk through your neighborhood.  Some people feel safer walking on a treadmill because they know that if they wear out before their workout is done, they don’t have to figure out how the heck they are going to make it home.  Click here for a list of treadmills that will fit your home and budget.

Wagan EL2273 Mini Stepper Master Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Steppers

Steppers are great for those who struggle with walking, but still want to move their hips.  When I first began incorporating walking into my fitness goals, I couldn’t walk for without my back muscles and tendons attacking my spine.  Until I began PEMF therapy, those muscles would not tolerate the motion of walking, so I tried a stepper.  My stepper allowed me to get in a workout without the extra pain that walking across a surface would and increased my balance.  Later after I added daily PEMF treatments to my pain management plan, I was able to begin going for walks.

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3. Step aerobics

Ok, don’t laugh, but yes I am suggesting that you partake in step aerobics! It is a great workout that can be done in any room of not just your home, but you can also take your step and instructional DVD with you on road trips.  Depending on how light you pack, you may even fit it into your luggage when flying.

Goplus 43” Adjustable Fitness Aerobic Step Stepper Platform 4″ – 6″ – 8″ Non-Stick Surface W/Risers Click here to view

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4. Dance party

You don’t have to have little kids at home to appreciate this one, but if you do be sure to include them.  Blast your favorite music and dance, dance, dance!!! Dancing will do more than help you reach your steps, it will give you a full body workout!

5.  Home tour

Set a timer and walk around your home.

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6.  Step in place

One of my favorite ways to get steps in is to step and/or jog in place while watching television, cooking, and while doing dishes.  Anytime I find myself on my feet, I start stepping.

How do you reach your daily step goal without heading outside?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twelve Ways to Improve Your Chronic Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Ways to Improve Your Chronic Life

Every year I see hundreds if not thousands of posts on social media from people with chronic illnesses wishing for a better new year.  Their wishes for less pain, more energy, and for an easier life are not unreasonable.  The problem is that they are just that, wishes……..   Today I am going to share 12 ways to make them a reality.

*Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and am NOT issuing medical advice.  I am sharing my opinions, thoughts, and experiences. You should always confer with a medical professional when considering changes to your medical or pain management plan.  This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook Groups.

1.  Identify dietary triggers

You may have heard about keto, paleo, low fodmap, and other diets, but there is not a one size fits all diet that helps reduce pain from your particular chronic illness.  You may not need to cut out an entire food group, instead you may find that it is a certain ingredient or additive that you need to avoid.  I tried and failed to experience relief from multiple diets.  What helped me find my triggers was to journal what I ate and drank and compared that information to how I was feeling.  You can find details about how I did this in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life.

2. Move your body

I know being told to exercise is the last thing you want to hear, but as I have learned, lack of movement only increases chronic pain in my hips and spine.  Movement really is necessary.  Now before you close this tab, hear me out….. I am in no way suggesting that you begin with intense workouts at the gym or going for 5 mile walks every day.  What I am suggesting is that you find ways to move your body that doesn’t increase your pain.  Before I was able to walk for miles, I had to start with what I was able to do, which at that time was one or two five minute walks a day.  There is nothing wrong with having to do seated yoga, tai chi, or simple stretches.  Click here to discover another fun way to incorporate movement into your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Listen to your body

Do you feel like you spend all of your time recovering from every activity or outing?  Listening to your body could decrease that time.  Rest when your body wants to rest.  Unless you have to keep a set schedule, nap and sleep when your body demands.  Pace yourself by breaking large tasks down into sets of smaller amounts of time.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Utilize mobility aids

If walking or standing for extended periods of time are forcing you to stay home instead of going out, it is time to start using a mobility aid.  Seriously, get over yourself and do something your body will thank you for.  Click here to read about what helped me get past the stigma of using a mobility aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Ask for help

Put your pride aside and ask for assistance!!! Stop assuming that people know your needs.  Just as difficult as it is for our friends and family members to understand our complex chronic illnesses, it is just as difficult to know how to help us.  Most don’t want to insult us, while others truly have no clue, so do everyone a favor and speak up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Plan with your chronic illness/pain in mind

Always consider your chronic illness and pain when scheduling appointments, outings, and social events.  I like to think of mine as invisible traveling companions.  Click here to see how this mindset helps me plan, prepare, and enjoy traveling with my chronic illnesses.

7. Stop living your old life

If you haven’t made changes to how you live your life, it is time to do it!  I know you want to show your chronic illness who is in charge and that you are hopeful that you’ll be cured in the near future, but let’s get real, it is NOT going to happen.  I too want a cure, but not making changes to how I lived until that day comes would be a huge mistake.  The only thing living my life the way I did before becoming chronically ill only resulted in more pain and less time enjoying life.  Putting my pride aside and making changes decreased my pain level and allows me to spend most of my time seeking adventure.  Need help recognizing the changes you need to make?  Check out my eBook to figure out what they are and be challenged to made them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Stop comparing yourself to others

How often do you find yourself comparing your life to others?  STOP!!! There is no comparison.  Even if you are comparing yourself with people who have the same chronic illness, there is no comparison.  Another person you may not have realized that you are comparing yourself to is the old you….. Life changes whether you like it or not, get over it, adjust, and move on.

9. Try something new

For twelve years I did everything the same and for twelve years the quality of my life plummeted. It wasn’t until I allowed myself to try new ways to combat chronic pain that I finally experienced a lower level of pain.  By permitting myself to do things differently than I did in the past I opened the door to a new and better life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Don’t give up

I see too many people give up after they discover that they are unable to do something the same way that they did before becoming chronically ill.  Stop it!!! Don’t give up! Get creative and find new ways to do what you love.  Need help?  Click here!

11. Embrace the tools available

There are so many different tools and devices to make our lives easier.  Stop resisting them and put them to use.  Whether it be a mobility aid or assistive devices to make getting around your home safer, be thankful that they are available to use.

 

 

12. Take care of your mental health

Living with a chronic illness or in constant physical pain takes a toll on your mind as well as your body. I am no stranger to therapy and highly recommend seeing a therapist if you are struggling.  Our illnesses and pain often trigger bouts of anxiety and depression.  Let us not forget the fact that we need to mourn our old life and figure out a future that includes our illnesses/pain. The good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. If pain or lack of insurance coverage is keeping you from seeing a therapist, you may be interested in Online-Therapy.comOnline-Therapy.com is a service that gives you more access to a therapist for less than what it would cost under many insurance plans.  Caring for your emotional health is the most important thing you can do to improve your life.

 

The Secret to a Successful Thanksgiving

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The Secret to a Successful Thanksgiving

What is the secret to a successful Thanksgiving?  The answer to that question depends on what your idea of a successful Thanksgiving is.  But if you ask me, my definition would be that a successful Thanksgiving is one in which doesn’t trigger my chronic illnesses, increase my pain level, nor does it take days or weeks to recover from.  Here are some tips to help you achieve the same!

Stuff the turkey, not your mouth

I get it, you want to whoop it up and indulge in all of the festive foods that you don’t make throughout the rest of the year.  And it is okay to enjoy it, just not all of it.  Savor small portions or bites.  Avoid triggers.  Personally, I have to be mindful of my sugar and bread intake.  I also had to cut out alcohol years ago as it increased my inflammation levels far more than any food did.  Stay away from the food and beverages that are going to cause you to spend the next day or more in agony.

Walk it off

If daily walks have become a part of your life, don’t use the holiday as an excuse to not go for one.  I find that I crave healthier foods when I exercise.  If the weather permits, go for a vigorous walk in the morning or before dinner, then again after dinner. If the weather outside is frightful, try an idea that Donna, Abi, and I came up with earlier this year that can be done by anyone! It can be done while watching the big game, parade, or the family’s favorite movie!  Click here to learn more!

Avoid conflict

Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal and to give thanks.  The purpose is NOT to confront people you have issues with nor is a time to sway your friends and family to your political beliefs.  These are conversations that should be done one on one and not at a family gathering.

Focus on what is important

Remember what the day is really about, giving thanks! Think about all the things you ARE THANKFUL for, not what drives you mad!  If need be, write a list and when you find yourself feeling stressed or agitated, pull it out and remind yourself of what is really important.

With that said, I wish you a Thanksgiving that is filled with laughter, joy, and void of additional pain.

Want to dominate the holiday season?

Download my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

More posts to help you get through the holiday season:

Dominate the Holidays with These Energy Saving Gift Ideas

Three Ways to Prevent an Anxiety Attack During the Holidays

Six Ways to Dominate Christmas With a Chronic Illness

‘Tis the Season to Thrive

A Chronically Cheery Christmas

 

A Gluten Free, Dairy Free Snack Bar?

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As many of you already know, I’m not a fan of packaged foods.  I am especially skeptical of packaged foods that claim to be “healthy.” Over the next few weeks I’m going to be talking a lot about snack bars. Why? Because, it’s something we should be talking about more as a health community.
The snack bar marketplace is overwhelming and let’s face it like most aspects of the food industry… a hot mess. Most bars on the market either have high sugar content, high net carbs, lots of sugar alcohols, use pro-inflammatory fillers and stabilizers, and do not support a ketogenic (or any other) diet. But it’s not all doom and gloom…
I’m going to get to try the new Perfect Keto Bar later this week. While I am still skeptical,  I’m also very excited about these. It took founder Dr. Anthony Gustin 14 iterations of tested the bars’ impact on his own blood glucose levels to ensure Keto Bars would minimize his own glycemic effect after consumption.
Keto Bars are 19g of fat, 10g of protein from collagen, and 3g of net carbs.
And the main ingredients are:
Almond and cacao butter (not peanuts)
Coconut oil (for the MCT’s)
Collagen (for the soft-tissue recovery)
And a touch of sea salt and stevia

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*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links.  Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links.  The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies and Disneyability Group on Facebook.

Keto Bars come out on Nov 5th.
You can sign up for an email reminder and a big discount on launch day by clicking here!
I’ll be testing them out soon and I will be sure to let you know if they live up to the hype!
What bars do you eat? What do you want to know more about? Post in the comments below.
Again, reserve your Keto Bars launch day notification by clicking here!

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Green Eating Challenge

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Join me and my fitness buddies for our latest health challenge!  Starting Monday, August 6, 2018 our challenge is to eat something green everyday!  The challenge lasts five days and like all of our challenges, it will be a lot of fun.  Join our Facebook group and share how you are making changes to improve your health.  Share and find new recipes too!

Click here to join The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies

 

Five Benefits of Drinking White Tea

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Five Benefits of Drinking White Tea

In my quest to lose the weight I have gained from years of inactivity due to chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, and endometriosis, I have obviously had to make dietary changes.  Choosing beverages that are calorie free and beneficial to my health is one of them.

Tea time

Due to having some strange and dangerous reactions to black and green teas many years ago, I stopped consuming tea.  However, a few weeks ago I tried white tea and was pleasantly surprised to not experience any negative reactions to it.  At home I brew the blueberry white tea pictured above.  When I am on the go I swing into Starbucks and order an unsweetened shaken iced white tea.  I love that I have found a beverage that has just enough caffeine to get me through the day, but less than coffee or black tea, and also has many health benefits.

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5 Benefits of white tea

1. Antiaging Properties

As someone who will be turning 50 in the fall, I am all for anything that will help me look younger!!!  White tea may help reduce the risk of premature aging, repair damaged skin, and protect skin against the effects of ultraviolet light.

2. Improves Cardiovascular Disorder

The flavonoids in white tea help to decrease the blood pressure and may reduce the risk of various heart conditions.

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3. Antibacterial Agent

White tea has antibacterial properties which can protect our skin from bacteria and other germs. Talk about a win for those of us with compromised immune systems!!

4. Weight Loss

Studies suggest that intake of white tea may prevent the formation of fat cells.

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5. May Protect Against Osteoporosis

Compounds found in white tea, including the polyphenols called catechins, may lower the risk of osteoporosis by promoting bone growth and suppressing bone breakdown.

If those reasons aren’t enough for you to put down that chemical filled diet soda or energy drink, then check out these articles for even more reasons!!!

10 Impressive Benefits of White Tea

10 Amazing Benefits of White Tea

The Benefits of White Tea Versus Green Tea

 

 

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19492999

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=f37edea5-f874-47f5-82da-c7fefc405805

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24172310

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20142827

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