If you are recovering from an illness, the recovery process can feel like an arduous one. In some cases, someone who is suffering from or recovering from a physical illness will experience depression, which can make the process more draining.
As you make progress in your recovery, exercise often can lift your mood and improve physical symptoms. Here are a few ways you can start incorporating exercise into your recovery routine.
Strengthening the Body
Often, those in recovery from a physical illness have some elements of physical weakness. If you’re recovering from physical illness, you likely need to gradually strengthen your body.
Depending on your overall condition, you may need to build up slowly with easy bike rides, walks, or gentle yoga. Plus, exercise, unless it is extreme, will generally boost your immune system.
This way, as you build up physical strength again, your body will become less susceptible to further illness as it works to fight off the remainder of your current one.
Choosing the Right Exercise
While there may be some conditions where exercise will impede your recovery, most illnesses respond well to exercise as you begin to recover. However, in order to make sure the exercise benefits you, take time to choose an exercise type based on your illness.
In cases like this, it may help to talk to your doctor to determine what form is best. For example, with an illness that has caused muscle wasting, strength training may help restore muscle mass.
If you’ve had a lung illness, a slow buildup of cardiovascular activity will recondition you and make breathing easier. If you’ve had to deal with being misdiagnosed, adjusting your routine can help speed recovery.
Medical misdiagnosis can sometimes make recovery feel frustratingly slow, especially if your condition has only worsened. But provided you choose an exercise type (or more than one) that will help you build back up from illness, exercising will still help you return to normal.
Exercising the Mind
We all know that physical illness causes physical issues, but an illness, especially if it’s prolonged and severe, also impacts the mind.
Not being able to do your favorite activities or function normally leads to feelings of isolation as well as a sense of frustration stemming from your body’s inability to work normally.
Even in perfectly healthy people, exercise has been shown to improve mental health, focus and energy. As your recovery continues, you will likely be able to expand the types of exercise you can do, as well as increase the intensity of that exercise.
Maintaining an exercise routine will help keep you mentally and physically healthier. That mental support can be an important boost for your recovery.
Recovering from an illness can cause you to focus on medical treatments and basic health above all else. As you recover, returning to normal life will likely become a welcome change.
Choosing the right exercise to do will often speed up your return to your normal activities, but it also will keep you healthier, happier, and at less risk for developing further health issues.