I have inflamation in my joints and my doctor has told me to stop jogging and working out at the level I was used to, as it was aggrivating my condition.
I've found doctors aren't always the best people to talk fitness. (One of mine actually compared running to smoking in terms of physical harm. I saw her just once.) Exercise has an anti-inflammatory effect. I often have pain in my joints, so I can't always run or workout at the same level, but I would never, never stop. I do spend a lot more time warming up and stretching but I always feel better after exercise, mentally and physically.
The doc suggested to not work out as hard as was in the past because autoimmune disease can be triggered or exacerbated by intense exercise. Sometimes one has to not push the body beyond what it's capable....it needs the energy to heal rather than expend it because one believes it's necessary. Once the body takes over from the "reasoning" mind....it's time to take a step back and accept that it's not the same as it once was and needs to have a mental shift to adjust a few things.
That doesn't mean one cannot eventually resume what once was ....one just needs to allow a break. There are always adjustments that can be made to ensure some exercise to help keep the body flexible and to ease some distress about not doing a full exercise regimen.
I'm impressed with the doc's advice.
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