Last but not least, I worked with a therapeutic touch practitioner to help shut down the pain gateways in my brain, sending the pain out the soles of my feet.
I continue to use mantras like "I am healthy, I am strong," and visualizing cobalt blue light (color of healing) around my body to strengthen my immune system. Changing your thoughts literally changes your body chemistry.
What would I say to anyone with limiting injuries or illness who wants or needs to work out? Listen to your doctor. If she/he orders no activity, then rest.
Pay attention to your body. Be kind to it. Slow progress is the best kind. If it hurts, stop. Pain is not gain. And finally, there's always something you can do, so do what you can, whether it's a chair exercise video, simple range of motion exercises in bed or just walking. Do what you can.
Looking for more information? Join eDiets and visit Raphael' s support group (Exercise & Fitness) for interactive support! We all know fitness is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle - let Raphael and eDiets help you on your way!
Alane Marco is an eDiets member who's reached and maintained her goal weight with eDiets.com. Read her personal story of success, or join her on the Living Single and Healthy Support Board! A drug-free competitive bodybuilder and winner of the prestigious WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) Pro Card, Raphael Calzadilla is a veteran of the health-and-fitness industry. He specializes in a holistic approach to body transformation, nutrition programs and personal training. He earned his B.A. in communications from Southern Connecticut State University and is certified as a personal trainer with ACE and APEX. In addition, he successfully completed the RTS1 program based on biomechanics.