Keeping fit and healthy is a difficult task and when you have hypermobility, it is even more so. A healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, has been shown to reduce a person’s risk of injury in the long term. The problem is, how do we keep our risk of injury down in the present. In recent years we have been inundated with exercise regimes, diets and DVDs that all promise ‘exercise for everyone’, but if you are carrying any kind of injury (or injury risk) these promises fall flat. Many people with joint injuries and diseases are put off before they even begin, the anticipation of injury is too much. The question really is, what can I do to keep my joints safe while keeping healthy?
Enter me, a hypermobile twenty year old with a passion for fitness. My goal is simple; sort my way through the fads and find out what really works, and what really doesn’t! My mantra is ‘No Excuses’, and with two injured ankles, one painful knee, ribs that can’t cooperate and a shoulder that never plays nice I think I am pretty representative of the unfit population we live in. My aim is to see which ones deliver their promises, which ones are worth the cost and most importantly, which ones deliver results safely.
It’s not just about exercise programs offering dramatic results, the fad diets (Fast And Dangerous) are ever more tempting to people with injuries, and self help books promising revelation to the darkest parts of our souls have rocketed in popularity too. The writers and dieticians behind these fads often prey on people who struggle greatly with exercise, either through unfitness or injury, and the results are often undone as quickly as they are made. So it’s time to fight the fads and find fitness for all, once and for all!
Disclaimer; All diets and exercise regimes are undertaken in a controlled state. Fad diets are not recommended and can be extremely dangerous. Before undertaking any kind of fitness regime or lifestyle change, be sure to consult a physician, particularly if you are suffering from a disease or injury.