Again,,, I found this insightful info on the Invigorated site… . Raise your hand if you’ve ever had this thought:
“I could do all the things I need to do for my Parkinson’s symptoms, if only I had more energy!”
If you don’t have your hand up, it’s probably because you don’t have the energy.
Exhaustion and fatigue are some of the most challenging Parkinson’s symptoms – alongside apathy and lack of motivation – to pinpoint and improve.
)ther areas you can investigate to help you determine what may be draining your energy, sleep, blood pressure, nutrition & social health.
Today I address Movement – her favorite topic!
When you’re not actively using your heart, your lungs, and your muscles to move fluid around your body, it sits inside you like water in a stagnant pond.
On the flip side, when you’re moving around – exercising and being active – your body’s fluids are moving around like a river, rushing from one point to another. As you move fluid around, you also push nutrients to your organs, flush out toxins, and help your body heal. [Remember??… Stay Hydrated]
This brings fresh life and fresh energy to your entire being.
Get up and move first thing in the morning, if you can.
It can be tough to get moving first thing in the morning, so start with a basic stretching routine. As you gently introduce movement, you’ll notice your energy start to perk up.
Start gentle, then slowly increase your intensity for a minimum of 10 minutes.Stretching is wonderful, but exercise works best when you raise the intensity and your heart rate.
Start with 10 minutes. Set a timer. Tell yourself, “I don’t have to enjoy this 10 minutes, but I’m committed to following through.” If you finish 10 minutes and still want to quit, then you can. On the other hand, if you’re feeling good, see if you can add 5 more minutes.
Add on extra time slowly and soon you’ll be able to workout for 30, 45, or even 60 minutes. It takes time to build endurance, and the important part is to do a little more today than you did yesterday.
Give your new program 3 weeks to kick in. Most people require some time to adjust, but as you become more active, you’ll likely notice you have more endurance throughout the day and your feelings of fatigue will start to lift.