Back Pain, CHRONIC PAIN, Diet and Weight Loss, Disability, FIBROMYALGIA, HEALTH, pain

STAYING INDEPENDENT WITH REDUCED MOBILITY…

When you suffer from an injury or a long-term illness which leaves you less mobile, it can feel as if you are losing your independence and your ability to do what you want in life. Not being able to move as you used to can put a strain on your relationships and even leave you feeling introverted and shy. However, there are ways you can still feel happy and confident even if you are unable to move in the same way.

Get Moving

Although the single most prominent issue with being disabled is the struggle to move around, it does not mean that you should give up the idea of staying fit and healthy completely. With initiatives such as the Blue Badge Mobility Hire you can still go out alone and have the chance to live your life as you did before. Sure, you won’t necessarily be able to lift many weights in the gym anymore, but you can find different forms of activity to keep you fit. For example, you can take the time every weekend to go out into the countryside for a walk. You might not be able to walk too far, but it will still give you some fresh air and strengthen your muscles.

Use Water

The beauty of water is that it allows you to move around without putting that extra strain on your muscles. If you cannot leave weight on your hips or your knees, aqua aerobics could be the perfect way to keep fit and strengthen your muscles. It can allow you to stay fit, strong and have fun without hurting yourself. It is not too physically demanding for you and will always be available to you at your local pool. You can even ask your GP to refer you to an aquatic trainer.

Stretching and Dancing

Sometimes feeling independent and in control of your own life is more than just physical, it can also be mental. It has been proven that exercises like Yoga and dancing can be great for confidence building and for the soul. If you are having a difficult week and you aren’t sure what to do, you can go dancing and have some fun while meeting new friends, or perform gentle stretches and clear your mind. It is important to remember to take time out for yourself during the week because it will make you feel more in control. It will allow you to focus on your health and happiness, and in turn, you will feel more independent.

Eat Well

Remember that what you put into your body will have an effect on your health and how you feel moving around, it is simple science and means that if you do struggle to move around, you must take a little more care to add foods into your diet which will keep your joints healthy. For example oily fish contain amazing oils which will help keep your muscles lubricated and aid movement, so by eating at least one portion of oily fish a week, you will gain more independence.

Back Pain, CHRONIC PAIN, Diet and Weight Loss, FIBROMYALGIA, HEALTH, low back pain

LOSING WEIGHT FOR FREE WITH THE NHS…

Since having my health review by the nurse at my local surgery last November I have been trying to lose some weight. It’s quite hard for me to lose it as I do so little exercise except for walking which on a bad day is something I cannot do. However since November and including Christmas, I have lost half a stone, whoop 🙂 but now it’s static.

I have tried all the usual slimming clubs and probably tried every diet known to man but deep down I know that it’s just what goes into your mouth that causes weight gain.

I lost weight a few years ago with my nurses help at my local surgery and found that better than attending any slimming class as you can’t really give a genuine reason for not losing or putting weight on when it’s obvious that it’s because you have overindulged.

This morning I had to visit my local surgery and had decided to ask the nurse if she would take me back on board and help me lose some more weight. Unfortunately, the funding for this has now stopped but she said there is an online diet you can follow. For me personally, it was the fact that I was being weighed in by the nurse that spurred me on to lose the weight so I was a bit disappointed when she said they no longer did this.

Anyway, I came home and went online to look for the diet and was pleasantly surprised with all that it offers. You first need to go to Free NHS Weight Loss Plan and register with your email address and then you need to enter your details into the BMI healthy weight calculator which will tell you the range of weight you should be and the number of calories you should be consuming daily.

Their new 12 week weight loss guide combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity, which you can download or use the app. You get a brilliant information pack for each week of the plan, which is full of advice and tips, plus a brilliant stick-it-on-the-fridge planner to help you track your weekly progress. It has a weekly food and activity chart which you can fill in and there is also an online community you can join to help you along the way.

The website has a calorie counter where you can just enter what you are eating and it will work out the calories for you. There is an Easy Meals app which gives you meal ideas, meal mixers, your favourites and a shopping list. It basically has everything to help you lose weight and is all FREE. I’m going to give it a go and hope that without someone checking on me I can still lose some more weight.