Tips for Living an Active Life When You Don’t Feel Well or Suffer from IBS

 

Tips for Living an Active Lifestyle When You Don't Feel Well - Just because you don't feel good much of the time, doesn't mean you can't be active and healthy. Chronic illness and pain doesn't have to get in the way 100% of the time. Learn how to manage your exercise routine even if you don't feel well.

 

Welcome!

I am so happy that you are here. I know you’re looking for solutions that will help you to feel better and live a more active life even on the days that you don’t feel so hot. But first thing’s first.

I want you to know that you are not alone.

As the owner of a health & wellness website, you probably have some sort of vision of what my life might look like. Hours at the gym, tons of energy, feeling on top of the world all the time. Let me tell you a secret though. That is just not true. I try. I try really really hard. But there are a lot of things that get in my way of getting to the gym and feeling awesome every day.

Just to name a few things:

    • migraines
    • chronic fatigue
    • knee pain
    • heartburn
    • depression

Yikes! I sure don’t sound very healthy now, do I? The thing is, when it comes to my blood work, I’m the epitome of health. But when it comes to the way I feel much of the time, I’m kind of a medical mystery.

I’ve tried monitoring the foods I’m eating to see if they corellate to my ailments. I’ve tried different medications. And we’re just not sure. Nothing quite points us in the right direction to give us answers.

But I am sure of one thing. I do not want the way I feel to get in the way of my physical health. My cardio health. My muscle strength. My flexibility. My endurance. All of that. I refuse to be pushed down by whatever it is that’s going on.

And I want to show you just how it’s possible to live a healthy lifestyle even if you’re dealing with illness, chronic pain, or just not feeling well much of the time.

I actually get quite a few emails from women who wish they could get healthy or lose weight but there is something in the way.

    • an illness
    • an injury
    • a mental health situation

I promise that you are not alone.

The truth though is that we have been going about this whole thing the wrong way. We are making excuses. We are leaning on our illnesses and injuries. We are letting them call the shots. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live a life where my IBS is calling the shots. Sure, it gets in the way sometimes… a lot of the times. But I still want to be in charge here.

This is how I have managed to stay in charge of my health and how you can too!

Tips for Living an Active Lifestyle Even When You Don’t Feel Well

Take advantage of the times you do feel well.

So you may not feel well much of the time, but in a day or a week, there are usually little pockets of time that you feel at least a little better. Don’t waste that time! Those pockets may be few and far between, so you’re going to want to jump on it and use that time to take care of your body with movement, exercise, and health.

If I’m feeling well and there’s a Zumba class scheduled, you can bet that I’ll be there dancing away because who knows when the next chance will be when I’ll be pain-free!

Keep a food journal.

Keeping track of the foods you eat may help you to notice patterns in your health and well-being.

Maybe it will help you determine that you don’t feel well for a few hours after you eat dairy. Aside from the fact that you may have a lactose intolerance, this also tells you that you could try and plan an exercise before eating and that a workout after ice cream may not work out the best.

Have alternative/low-impact activities in your back pocket.

Most days, I really have the desire to kill it with my workouts. I want to sweat to the max and give it my all. I feel the healthiest when I can go balls to the wall. But the truth of the matter is that’s not always possible with a chronic illness such as IBS.

For that reason, it’s super important to have alternatives in mind. Maybe a running day is going to turn into a walking day. Maybe your cross-fit workout will have to be some simple body-weight moves that don’t take as much effort. Or maybe it’s simply going to be a stretching or yoga day. That is all ok, and that takes me to my next point.

Don’t beat yourself up.

Just don’t. I know how easy it can be to get down on yourself because you’re unable to do as much as you want. But the truth of the matter is that you can only do as much as your body will allow. So it’s important that we learn to listen to our bodies and rest or take it easy when our bodies say so.

There is no harm or shame in taking it down a notch for the wellness of our bodies.

Tips for Living an Active Lifestyle When You Don't Feel Well - Just because you don't feel good much of the time, doesn't mean you can't be active and healthy. Chronic illness and pain doesn't have to get in the way 100% of the time. Learn how to manage your exercise routine even if you don't feel well.

As I learn to deal with chronic illnesses and pain, I’m also constantly trying to figure out long-term solutions as well as the roots of the problems.

My IBS is one that I’m honing in on lately and I’m trying to find comfort from the pain in order to live an even healthier and more active life without so many interruptions

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a serious GI issue that affects the large intestine and commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation; there is no cure or known cause for IBS. I mean, c’mon – do you know how frustrating it is to have to stay home from a workout cause you can’t trust your stomach and its flare-ups? As a healthy 32-year-old, I never really thought this was something I’d have to deal with. But I am, and I’m not giving up.

In my research, I’ve actually learned about VSL#3, a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven to help manage digestive issues for IBS and ulcerative colitis sufferers. This is different from your yogurts and kefirs that have the perks of containing probiotics because VSL#3 contain 8 strains of live bacteria, making it 10 times more potent than your average probiotic.

In case you’re curious what probiotics are, they are good bacteria that can make the difference between a healthy/pain-free gut to an unhealthy/grumpy gut. I want the happy gut for sure! While many people are familiar with the general term “probiotics,” most do not understand the importance of knowing which specific strain of organism should be used for which specific disease or condition.* I know I was completely in the dark until learning more about VSL#3.

On top of taking VSL#3, it’s important to pay more attention to the foods you eat that don’t jive so well with your stomach. I like the idea of incorporating IBS-friendly recipes like these ones.

For more information on VSL#3 please visit www.vsl3.com. And feel free to join VSL#3 on Facebook for giveaways and exclusive offers www.facebook.com/vsl3probiotic

To purchase VSL#3, visit http://vsl3.com/pharmacy-locator/ to find a VSL#3 in local pharmacy near you or order it online at https://shop.vsl3.com/vsl3-c2.aspx

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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS, UC and ileal pouch and must be used under medical supervision. Please speak with your healthcare provider for any specific questions. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
*Harris Poll conducted the GI Issues Survey on behalf of VSL#3. The survey was administered online within the United States between April 1 – 7, 2015 among 607 adult’s ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with a digestive or gastrointestinal condition, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, ileal pouch (“sufferers”).

VSL#3® is a high-potency probiotic medical food that’s clinically proven in the dietary management of IBS, ulcerative colitis, and ileal pouch. To learn more visit www.vsl3.com and LIKE the brand on Facebook

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS, UC and ileal pouch and must be used under medical supervision. Please speak with your healthcare provider for any specific questions. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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