I have been doing pretty well at trying to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Well at least on the days that my migraine pain is more tolerable. I easily get bored with routine. So to make my workouts feel more spontaneous I have been doing different workouts each day and going to different trails and parks.
The summer heat presents another challenge for me being outdoors, since heat and exercise exasperate my Dysautonomia symptoms. I already have difficulty exercising and just walking period, since I have a complex combo of resting tachycardia, POTS, and SVT. Although it can be difficult somedays, I have been persistent at finding ways to get a my ‘Daily 30’.
I usually share photos from the beautiful trails in my Instagram stories. So be sure to check them out! 😊📸📹🌲🌿🍃
My current goal is to walk for 30 minutes which is about how long it takes me to walk a mile. I typically wear ankle weights on my walks because I have premature bone loss, osteopenia, and walking and load bearing exercise is supposed to help with strengthening bones.
Of course being mindful of my Dysautonomia and other medical conditions, this is not a strict daily routine. If I feel that exercising will worsen my pain or fatigue I try to limit my physical activity. I sometimes will alter and combine different exercises to meet my “Daily 30”.
Right now, I have been rotating between yoga, walking, and seated elliptical (recumbent bike). I tried to work my way to using the standing elliptical, but found my heart rate spiked too quickly for me to tolerate. I was quickly short of breath and becoming dizzy. So for now I try to stick to seated exercise and walking at a pace I can handle.
On a “sick day” where I have enough energy and tolerable pain level, I may do 20 minutes of yoga and then 10 minutes on the treadmill or recumbent bike. It’s all about being flexible, aware of your body, and when possible pushing yourself to at least give it a try!