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Exercise Medicine Needed

Monday, February 18, 2013

I need some exercise medicine.

Last night while sleeping I grew a migraine headache that invaded my morning. After I wanted to wake I spent 3 hours in bed in pain, with a shower thrown in there somewhere in hopes of clearing the mess. But it didn't help. The only thing that got me onto my feet was having to tell my local SparkFriends that I wouldn't be joining them for the SparkRally hike.

I decided to try to comb my wet hair and retrieve some caffeine and then start to rehydrate myself (often a migraine trigger of mine). 3 hours after that, it worked, and I was well enough to go finish some computer work at my job.

I ran into an acquaintance when I wasn't feeling well; and after I apologized for looking so weary, she wished me well and gave advice to get back in bed for the head pain.

But that would've been the exact wrong thing to do. In fact, I'd I had gotten up as I had planned, and dressed after my shower, I might have been well just in time to drive down to the hiking spot, and go off to that adventure.

This dry spell of daily exercise has effected my mood as well. I keep testing out dangerous thoughts, to see how they compare to my lowest (the way you might evaluate pain to see how it stacks up against the worst, to get a sense of how bad it is).

The conclusion that I've come to is that I need exercise to save my life. Right now--well, not this second since I'm in bed, but presently. And I don't mean to prevent heart attacks or diabetes. Until then, and during when I do, and afterward, I will continue to remind myself how much living there is to do.
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    Especially as I get older (hello, arthritis!), and as I watch my still-older parents, I see more and more how beneficial movement is. Movement is life, and as much as I love to sit and read, I feel sooooo good after physical exertion. I'm sorry you suffer from migraines! Not fair for sunny you.
    1341 days ago
    Sometimes there is nothing like revving up one's body with some physical activity to shake off the various aches, pains and ills that come our way.

    Way to SPARK! :-)

    1342 days ago
    We missed you at the hike but this Sunday will be just as fun! I hope you have a good time exercising today! :)
    1343 days ago
    Hope the headache goes away for you. Ten minutes it good for some exericse even if you do some stretching. Have a great day.
    1344 days ago
  • KITT52
    plan a head of time when you will exercise...then stick to it even if for only 10 minutes, find things you like to do....
    1344 days ago
    Hope you are feeling better.

    1344 days ago
  • HHB4181
    emoticon emoticon

    1344 days ago
  • NEWSGIRL2177
    Big hug, chickadee.
    You know how to get back on track and what's going to make you feel better. I won't tell you what to do! You already know. And you'll take the steps when you're ready.
    1344 days ago
    I am sorry you have to suffer with those hideous Migraines..I was plagued with them when I was your age..Big hug to you..I do know for sure when I was eating healthy and exercising I didn't have them as often..We know how a good workout can improve our mood..You can do it, you know you can!! You are one of the strongest ladies I know!! Big Big HUG!
    1344 days ago
    I hope you feel better! emoticon
    1345 days ago
    Exercise is the best medicine and I keep forgetting that. Thank you for the reminder, and I hope we can both utilize it to it's fullest.
    1345 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I'm reading Richard Bernstein MD's "THE DIABETES DIET". He has lectures on Youtube that are so worth listening to. I have Insulin Resistance and he says all obese people have it. He has had Type 1 diabetes since he was 12 and he is 78 now. I've learned so much from his book.
    Some people get help with M.Headaches from botex.
    1345 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    schedule your exercises even if it's just 10 minutes at a time. There are a lot of short workouts on Youtube that you can use.
    1345 days ago
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