Hi Patti and
to the team and Spark.
Exercise can be difficult when a person has physical issues but remember, you don't have to be an Olympic athlete when it comes to exercise - just do what you can. If you can walk or do some other movement for 10 min. 3 times during the day, and do that 3-4 times a week, you will be getting exercise
I have chronic back and joint pain that was made worse by falling flat on my back last summer. I thought my exercise days were behind me because hiking in the mountains near my home was how I got my exercise prior to that fall. Then I talked to a Chiropractor and started to think outside the box and found there were other things I could do. My favorite exercise now is done in a swimming pool - I do water exercises and water jogging. I even bought some aqua dumb bells so I can do strength training in the pool. There are many people on this team with physical problems and health issues. When you get back, you might try writing a new topic on the message board and asking if anyone else shares your particular health issue and find out what they are doing for exercise. Also, check out the Spark articles and look under the health conditions tab for some further information.
My best advice for anyone starting out on Spark is to: 1) use your nutrition tracker faithfully, every single day, because it will keep you honest with yourself and accountable for your choices; 2) try to find some kind of exercise/activity that you enjoy doing and can manage physically. If you like what your doing, you'll stick with it; 3) stay active with your Spark Teams because that is where you will get your encouragement, support, and motivation; and, 4) try to enjoy this effort and have a few laughs with it! If we make this fun, instead of work, we will stay with it until we reach our destination!
Have a lovely vacation and looking forward to hearing more from you when you return!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He wlll make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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