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Why You Should Give Exercise Another Chance If You Have a Chronic Illness

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Exercise. Workout. Movement. Fitness. Training. Gym. If you are like me, you don’t have a positive association with these words.

Maybe they inspire sadness, anger, guilt, anxiety (my go-to). That’s because mostly these words have been used against us: As a way to dismiss our symptoms As a solution to all our problems (insert separate rant here) As highlighting a limitation or weakness As a guilt trip Between the interactions with doctors and non-spoonies, we shut down, avoid or even actively hate any mention of these concepts.

That’s where I was — some mix of hatred for exercise and shame/anxiety about not partaking in physical activity. Among other things, I have been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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