We have to move to live. If we’re ill, depressed, or recovering from injury we SERIOUSLY HAAAAAVE to move to live. Unfortunately, few medical “experts” know what the f*** this actually means, or how to tailor movement for atypical bodies. 🤷🏼♂️ Full Disclosure: The last two weeks have been brutal. I’ve been struggling worse than I have in over a year, a consequence of working too much and trauma.
Historically, this is when I’d grab a hot water bottle, a no-longer-therapeutic-totally-excessive-dose-of-THC, and numb errything. “Experts” back then had told me due to #EDS , #CIPO , and genetic fuckery exercise would “make you worse.” Jiu-jitsu was “too dangerous.” (Wrong.) Yoga would cause my EDS ligaments to “dislocate and tear.” (Wrong again.) Lifting heavy would make my herniated discs “worse.” (Still wrong.) Mitochondrial damage meant “post-exertional malaise” would cripple me for days. (Not the right kind of exercise in the right dose.) The more I held still in a misguided attempt to heal, the longer it took me to recover.
Moving to live doesn’t mean forcing ourselves to crush WODs in some garage CrossFit gym. It can be ugly pajamas, a rerun of “Game of Thrones,” one kettlebell, and the dog interrupting with demands to play. That’s what the 30 minute workout above was for me, anyway. Primal movement, stretching, light resistance, and deep breathing while The Red Wedding played out onscreen. It was the best I—who can sometimes ROCK full conditioning workouts when I’m well—could do in this diminished state...but it was something. It moved blood and lymph, assisted detox through sweating, triggered peristalsis and gut motility, and released enough endorphins to help me sleep a few hours. My body and brain got the message that as bad as things are, we are alive moving forward together. 🏼 Movement is medicine. If the dosing is right, we heal. If you’re struggling today, please don’t dismiss the healing power of movement. If you’re someone who needs routines where you’re laying down or sitting because of a health condition, message me. We are masters of these bodies. Not prisoners in them. #chronicallychill #fighton #fridaymotivation - 0 seconds