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LIVE WELL PODCAST | EP #44 - Exercise and autoimmunity with Andrea Wool

Andrea Wool

Andrea Wool is the creator and founder of Autoimmune Strong which is an online workout program designed for those with autoimmune disease. Andrea struggled for years to find a fitness professional who understood how to work with my body's chronic flare-ups and pain and developed the Autoimmune Strong Program for her own personal healing and to help others traveling the same path.

For people struggling with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain issues, exercise is a double edged sword. As Andrea explains, exercise can definitely help us manage our symptoms and flare-ups. Chronic pain conditions are exacerbated by inflammation, and, if done properly, exercise can help to reduce inflammation and pain caused by inflammation. We know that movement is essential, but too much movement can stimulate a flare-up of the worst kind.

Join us as we speak about what kind of exercise is right for those with chronic pain and autoimmunity and how to get started!

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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro

  • 0:52 Introducing Andrea Wool founder of Autoimmune Strong, NTP and Certified Personal Trainer

  • 2:00 Andrea speaks about her own personal journey with autoimmunity (Hashimoto’s, Celiac, Fibromyalgia and mixed connective tissue disorder)

    • “I was exhausted in my bones”

  • 7:00 What is exercise intolerance?

    • Why do those with autoimmune disease feel more fatigue?

  • 10:00 Exercise as a stressor

  • 11:00 I have chronic pain and I’m so tired, what kind of exercise can I do?

    • Acknowledge where you are at, not where you think you should be

  • 11:50 Andrea busts common exercise and weight loss myths

  • 16:30 How to keep an exercise (and symptom) journal

  • 19:00 How to shift the “no pain no gain” mindset we might find ourselves in

  • 20:40 The importance of strength, flexibility and mobility

    • Core strengthening to reduce structural pain

  • 25:00 The benefits of foam rolling

  • 30:06 Exercise for chronic pain

  • 39:30 Learn more about the Autoimmune Strong Program

  • 42:40 Outro

Andrea Wool

Connect with Andrea

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If we haven't met before, I'm Christina Tidwell, founder and owner of Live Well with Christina. I'm so excited that you're here and have begun to delve into your health and wellness journey! Here at Live Well we help people with autoimmune disease take control of their health through nutrition, lifestyle shifts and personal empowerment.  

If you suffer from:

  • Fatigue and energy crashes

  • Brain fog

  • Poor digestion

  • Symptoms of autoimmunity

  • Stress and overwhelm 

...and aren't getting the support you need, I can help guide you through 1:1 health and nutrition coaching.

Health coaching is a necessary extension of the health care system in that together we have more time to uncover issues, implement strategies and assess outcomes together. Autoimmune disease is complex and to address it we need to come at it from all angles (pharmaceutical therapies from your doctor while also focusing on root cause factors like gut health, diet, sleep and stress). I offer accountability, a knowledgeable resource and most importantly support.

I always offer free 30-minute discovery sessions to get clear on your major health concerns and what’s standing in your way. Click the button below to set up your free consultation and we can create a plan of action specifically for you.