Since declaring my intention to “just do something” a few weeks ago, I’ve been doing much better at fitting in exercise. Not perfect, but better.
I’ve realized that a busy lifestyle plus having an autoimmune disease means I need to plan ahead but also leave wiggle room for unexpected events and unpredictable health.
So here’s my plan for this week:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Go to the gym before school (the kids love to play there in the morning), run 2-3 miles on the treadmill, and do my MuTu Phase 2 exercises.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – MuTu Phase 2 exercises
Sunday – Off Day
I know it’s kind of a boring plan, but it’s perfect for me right now. And having a goal of 2-3 miles gives me the wiggle room to adjust according to how my body feels that day. Hopefully I’ll have a 9-mile week, but if I’m feeling achy, I won’t push myself too much. As hard as it is, I’m learning when to push through the pain, and when to give myself a break. Because here’s the thing about exercise and autoimmune disease: exercise can help you feel better, but only if you do what your body can tolerate. Push too hard and you are setting yourself up for a painful flare.
I’m excited to move on to the Phase 2 MuTu exercises after doing two weeks of Phase 1.
And I’m ecstatic to report that my diastasis has decreased from a 2.5-finger width to 2 fingers. Yay! I’m loving the exercises, and they only take 10-15 minutes to complete. If I don’t have time to do them in the morning, I can literally fit them in at any point during the day as long as I have my stretchy band.
So tell me, what’s your exercise plan for this week?