If you haven’t participated in one of my fitness challenges, you are missing out! Everyone is eligible to participate no matter what their physical abilities may be. The point of my challenges is not to compete against others, but to motivate and encourage everyone to move their bodies. Although I refused to believe it several years ago, physical activity really does help reduce the pain I experience from fibromyalgia, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Each challenge ends with prizes. Winners are not chosen by how much they were able to do or by how did the most. Those who participate are put into a drawing and earn entries in various ways.
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This month’s challenge is 3 weeks, 21 days long. It begins 12:01am January 7, 2019 and ends at 11:59pm January 27, 2019. Unlike the last three months, this challenge will also include those who aren’t counting their steps. However, those who are counting steps and/or activity with a fitness tracker and post those results will earn extra entries for the drawing. Don’t have a fitness tracker? Click here to find a tracker or phone app that fits your budget.
Three winners will be drawn live in the group on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Each winner will be awarded a $5.00 Starbucks e-gift card and it will be delivered to the winner via email.
Don’t forget that the challenge prizes are funded by the commissions I earn from my Amazon links, other affiliate links from products that can be found in The Disabled Diva’s Product Picks , from proceeds from my book Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, and donations. Click here to do your regular shopping thru Amazon. Donations can be made through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
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What do you do when it is too cold or icy to go for a walk and the streets are too slick to drive to the gym, but you need to exercise?
You could try what my friends and I came up with last year.
We took the popular drinking game where everyone has to drink whenever certain words are spoken during a movie or television show and replaced drinking with movement! I prefer working out while streaming shows on Netflix and Hulu.
This game is perfect for all ages, no matter what their physical ability is.
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Make sure everyone has water to stay hydrated and have a healthy snack on hand to enjoy afterwards.
Choose movie that at least one person is familiar with. Depending upon your energy level, you may also choose a favorite television show instead of a movie.
Have those who are familiar with the movie/show choose words that are spoken throughout it often. I chose five words from one of my favorite movies Nacho Libre.
Every time one of the chosen words is spoken, everyone must move their body for an agreed upon amount of time.
We chose 30 seconds of movement for each word. You could also opt for X amount of jumping jacks, steps, stretches, etc..
Our movements included running in place, lunges, stretches, and leg lifts. Choose your movement based on your physical ability. Other forms of movement could be jumping jacks, arm curls, stepping, sit-ups, pushups, standing up and sitting down, ankle/wrist/arm circles, waving your arms in the air etc….
Participants can use weights, resistance bands, kettle balls, etc. If you have workout equipment like a rowing machine, stepper, trampoline, elliptical, or treadmill you could have everyone rotate stations after each word or every 5-10 minutes.
Unlike the drinking version, this game is healthy and family friendly. It can even be done in bed by modifying the movements with stretches and exercises that can be done while lying down or sitting. Moving your body is important even if you don’t have a chronic illness, so why not make it fun too!
To decrease the chance of increasing your chronic pain, prepare your body by applying a topical CBD oil on your muscles and joints and treat your problem areas ahead of time with PEMF therapy from Oska Pulse (promo code DIVA will save you $55). Oska Pulse combats inflammation like nothing I have ever tried and the best part is that it does it without drugs. After playing I ran a few more PEMF therapy sessions on my knees and used “I am Peace” vape from BioCBD+ to relax my muscles. Good Night Lotion prevents any leg cramping I normally experience after exercising, making it possible to fall asleep faster.
Shows that I like to exercise to include Jane the Virgin, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Orange County, and New York, Breaking Bad, and Bojack Horseman.
Picking a series that has several seasons available for streaming gives you and your pals plenty of reasons to meet up and to move your bodies!
Well, good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil has spoken! Whether the groundhog is right about winter or not, most of the country has at least a little bit of wintry weather ahead. When you’re stuck inside, it can be harder to get the movement that your body needs.
Here’s a link round-up of some great ways to get moving indoors!
Which link or move do you like the best? How do you stay active when the weather is crummy?