Ever pain-free enough to exercise daily? Migraine Question of the Week
This week, I'm taking our Migraine Question of the Week from a question one of my readers posted to my Facebook page, and it's a great one about daily exercise with migraines. That's just one of the great questions our readers have asked Migraine disease and other headache disorders here on HealthCentral's Migraine community. Ellen, Cyndi and I answer questions in our community question and answer section. Dr. Watson and I answer other questions in our Ask the Clinician column.
Some of the questions apply to many of our readers, and are great topics for discussion. So, every week, I bring you our Question of the Week. I hope you'll take a few minutes to look at these questions and the answers, then join us in discussion. One of the best things about online communities is the opportunity to share information and experiences.
This week's Question of the Week:
This week's question is one that impacts not just our migraines, but our overall health. I hope you'll read it AND post comments to participate in the discussion...
Here's the question posed by Harriet:
"Hi, Teri! I also have diabetes along with my chronic migraine and several other chronic illnesses. I am type 2. I am wondering if you are ever pain-free enough to exercise everyday. I KNOW I am supposed to, but rarely can. So, mostly, I don 't. I consider it a major miracle if I am able to get a few things done around the house. What about you?"
"Hi, Harriet. I hear you. I have type 2 diabetes as well as osteoarthritis and some other health issues. I'm never pain-free, but I have found some ways to get a bit of exercise every day in addition to some daily stretches that were originally physical therapy for a back injury. Let me share an excellent suggestion that was made to me - check out some yoga and tai chi routines on Nexflix or one of the other streaming video services. There are some designed specifically for people whose ability to exercise is compromised, and both yoga and tai chi are good for overall health. Here's a piece I did on finding exercise in everyday things we do - 10 Ways for Migraineurs to Sneak in Some Exercise.
To that, I would add:
I don't know how, but I'd somehow gotten the impression that tai chi was a form of martial arts. In doing a bit of research, I found that it has been used in martial arts training, but Merriam-Webster has an excellent and enlightening definition: "an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises —called also tai chi chuan, t'ai chi ch'uan. I've enjoyed tai chi. It requires concentration and proper breathing, so it's really relaxing. It's also been good for my balance.
For everyone reading, what type of exercise are YOU able to do? PLEASE post a comment below and share with us. This could be a great discussion!
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