For people suffering from Orthostatic Intolerance, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia, Mast Cell Activtation or EDS. Follow me as I document my struggle towards better health.

Hovering on the Edge of Wellness

A fitness lifestyle study conducted in 1981 examined the outcomes of two groups of overweight children; some who participated in a fitness aerobic program  and some who incorporated more active play into their lifestyle.  The results showed the fitness program group and the lifestyle group both lost weight during the 17 month study but the fitness program group measured better progress in cardiovascular endurance and recovery.  However, during the maintenance and follow-up period the lifestyle group were more likely to continue their fitness progress than the group on the fitness program.

This is only one of many studies examining the effects of positive lifestyle changes on our health vs prescriptive changes such as fitness programs, medications and surgical intervention.  The majority of the studies I have looked at all seem to suggest the same thing: positive lifestyle changes lead to a definite increase in long-term health and wellness.

As someone with POTS and OI, what do I take from that information?  Perhaps I really can't afford to be anything other than vigilant when it comes to choices I make about what I eat, activities I participate in, the amount of stress I allow into my life, assigning priorities for my time.

Here I am, almost at the end of the 9 weeks of Dr. Levine's exercise protocol and' I feel tremendously better but not completely better.  I am hovering on the edge of wellness...I can feel it...imagine it...but I can't quite fall into it.

What will happen if I don't adopt the right lifestyle changes will I always be hovering on the edge or will I regress?  There is so little research into what lifestyle changes really do affect positive changes in people with POTS how do I know my choices will be the right ones?

So far this is what I believe: 1) regular exercise is something I MUST continue in order to keep upright and out of a wheelchair  2)  healthy foods make me feel stronger 3) stress makes me feel worse  4) maintaining a healthy weight makes me feel better about myself.

I will continue to follow positive lifestyle changes and I hope and pray that someday soon they will allow me to fall off the edge into wellness.

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