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I have hip bursitis that is extremely painful. It is chronic, and I always feel pain, but every few months it flares up. I finally went to the hip doctor and he prescribed 6 weeks of physical therapy for me.
So every morning and evening I have specific stretches and strengthening exercises to do, beyond the twice a week visits to the PT office.
I received this HappyLight from Verilux a couple weeks ago. It provides up to 10,000 LUX of full spectrum light, and can be used for winter blues, or the negative effects of being on the night shift; it can also help with jet lag and fatigue.
The cool thing about it is that when you use it during exercise you may get additional energy and benefits from this light.
So I started using it in the morning during my stretching and physical therapy routine. Over time this light should help you be able to do more for longer times, and with more energy.
And, it is great for those who don't get natural sunlight very often. You just tilt it toward you. You do NOT need to look straight at it. just have it in your general direction. There are two settings depending on morning or afternoon -- you want to use the brighter setting in the morning to help you get more energy, or while you are doing your morning stretches. Then in the afternoon you can use the lesser light.
How does it work? It taps the potency of light to gently cue your body to recalibrate and stabilize, naturally reducing fatigue and lethargy while improving your mental focus. This will be different for everyone, as everyone reacts to light differently. Some may need to use the brighter light setting for a much longer time, and others may only need it for 20 minutes per day. You gauge this by how you feel and can customize it to your needs.
There are two lenses the come with the light, so you can choose what you want to use. You can tilt the lens as well so that it can point directly to you if you are sitting up in a chair, or if you are on the floor doing yoga.
If you would like to WIN one of these, please comment below what your favorite form of exercise is. I will be randomly picking a winner on Thursday, April 30th.