How to Get Your Body Moving Even When You’re Not Feeling Well

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I used to go to spin and pilates classes or do some exercise almost every day. I loved moving my body and getting that hour to myself. With Lyme, it all changed. At the height of my Lyme, my body was in so much pain I couldn’t fathom exercising, let alone just getting out of bed. Over the years, I’ve come into a walking and sauna routine to exercise and detox my body. If I try to do too much, I’m back in bed the next day, so it is a balancing act, and you have to do what feels right to you. I put together a few of my favorite Lyme-friendly workouts you can start doing from home.

How to Get Moving with Lyme: Tips from Mimi Maclean


This is my absolute go-to. It’s my little escape from being cooped up inside right now. I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks while I walk. I aim to get 10,000 steps in a day.

Weight Training

I try to do a little weight training a few times a week. Even if it is the 7-minute workout app, weights keep my muscles strong.


The trampoline or rebounder is a great way to get the blood flowing and lymphatic system moving. A few minutes a day is a great quick workout.


Before I felt ready to exercise, I would sit inside an infrared sauna for about 15-30 minutes. With the MTHRF gene mutation, I don’t sweat on my own, so this is a great way for my body to detox without moving too much. In addition to the detoxification benefits, the infrared sauna provides relief from joint pain.


The BEMER (Bio-Electric-Magnetic-Energy- Regulation) mat increases microcirculation in your body. Improved circulation provides optimal oxygen and nutrient transportation throughout the body as well as waste removal. My circulation is sluggish, and this treatment gives me the boost I need to keep my body functioning smoothly. I lay on the mat for 8 minutes in the morning and night. To learn more about the BEMER mat and Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, listen to the Heal Podcast episode with Moses Durazo.


The stretching and slow movements help strengthen and lengthen my muscles. It doesn’t have to be a full yoga class either; light stretching can make a huge difference. With Lyme, my joints feel like I’ve had arthritis for years, so yoga helps alleviate some of that discomfort.



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Come Heal with Me! XX, Mimi