Exercise is essential to caring for conditions like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and POTS. In EDS, building muscle can reduce subluxations and dislocations, improve proprioception and reduce injury. In POTS, a safe building up of strengthening and cardio can reduce overall symptoms by increasing blood volume and circulation. In both of these conditions which often run concurrently, cardio and strengthening can reduce pain and inflammation, and can increase energy levels and enhance your mood. Of course there are many other benefits to exercise as well, which you can read about in these articles: EDS, Hypermobility and Exercise and Exercise: The Best Remedy for POTS.
In the video below, I talk about ways to organize your fitness routine and exercise equipment to give yourself your best chance at follow-through. I also talk about where to exercise to avoid more injuries and provide a few additional tips in this brief video.
What are some of the things that help keep you motivated to do the work necessary to keep moving? Share your tips in the comments below.