For myself, and many of my fellow chronic illness sufferers, not being able to walk more than five hundred steps in a day is normal.
For me I have not done so, without serious repercussions, for the last two and a half years now.
Think about that for a moment.
How many steps is it from your bed to the bathroom and back? To the kitchen? How many trips a day does this allow you?
Yes a shower counts as well, as does walking to the living room to watch television or (if we’re extremely lucky) going outside to sit in the sun.
It is like permanently wearing a restrictive bracelet. If we walk more than 500 steps our pain from the Fibromyalgia expands exponentially. Our dizziness, skin sensitivity, headaches, body pain etc etc etc from ME/CFS increase as well.
It is like being in jail, except an inmate is allowed to walk further in a day.
So, very little exercise. In fact no exercise at all or our symptoms explode, no matter what some old fashioned idiot ‘professionals’ might think. We lump them together with those that say everything we suffer is ‘all in our mind’.
How we wish they could experience our lives for just a week, even a day!
So the next time you think it is a long walk to the shops, or around your garden, think of us who would give anything to do what you are doing, without our pain.