Exercising with Chronic illness

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January 8, 2020

What chronic illness    
Is a human condition or disease that is persistent more than 3 months  or a long term illness that requires a patient to adjust his or her lifestyles. Common chronic illnesses are: heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, depression, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, oral disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic kidney disease. These illnesses are considered to be the leading causes of death and disability. Chronic illnesses are caused by family history, pollution, stress, lack of exercise, bad nutrition habits. Individuals with chronic illnesses such as MI, heart failure, and stroke have rates of sedentary behaviour of 30% to 40% exceeding the general population rate of 24%

Exercise for chronic patients, it’s recommended that being active helps doing daily chores at ease, makes you motivated, helps to manage the symptoms and makes you much happier. However exercising with chronic illness is a challenge in itself such as: fatigue, pain, limited mobility. To over obstacles,  a plan or routine, designed by exercise therapist or advance personal trainer is needed. This will help a person stay motivated.

Moderate intensity exercises are recommended
If you are beginner, it’s best to start from brisk walking in the morning or afternoon. You can build this to a mile, it will make you more positive as you start to see results. Always remember little by little is better than nothing try to accumulate of 30 mins of at least all days of the week.

Nutrition, it’s advice to eat a balanced diet, eat 4-5 small portions throughout the day, drink a 1.5 litres of water every day.

Requirements, safety and health tips
Before taking in exercising, consult a doctor and get a clearance letter.
Get a professional either an advanced Person Trainer or Physical Therapist to design the program and monitor it and ensure the program is done safely.
Listen to your body, try not over train because this can lead to injury and will cause setback to the training regime.
Learn to comfort in yourself, reassure yourself and not to give up when things get worse.
Dress in appropriate clothing when exercising.
When training you should inform the trainer or a qualified professional.

For information please contact Ismail Sina or email ismail@sinafitness.com

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