15 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Exercise With a Chronic Illness
Any medical information included is based on a personal experience. Please consult a doctor or medical professional before beginning any new exercise regimens.
I don’t know if anyone would consider exercise “easy,” but for those with chronic illness, it can be especially difficult. When you’re dealing with serious symptoms like pain or fatigue, moving your body around is probably the last thing you feel like doing. Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with exercise: Working out can actually help alleviate some of my symptoms, but if I’m already struggling and in the middle of a flare, hitting the gym is just not gonna happen. For some with chronic illness, certain types of exercise can actually have a negative impact on their health or trigger a flare-up, so it’s not always possible and/or medically advised to simply “push through” and work out. (Of course, there certainly are folks with chronic illness who work out regularly, and if that’s you, way to go!)
If you struggle to exercise because of your condition, you are not alone. Since humor can be such a powerful coping mechanism, we rounded up some memes that nail what it’s like to exercise (or try to exercise) when you’re chronically ill. No matter what your workouts look like, how frequent they are or how long they last, we think you’re a rockstar.