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Strength training help needed!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dealing with fibromyalgia has meant that I must not overdo any activity, even knitting. I started exercising on my indoor exercise bicycle 5 min and then increasing to my current 45 min to 60 min. daily schedule when I began with SP in January. My exercise bike sits in my living room getting a daily workout, instead of just resting like it did for a year.

Now I'm trying to motivate myself to do that with my strength training. I don't know why I haven't been able to be consistent with that. I'll get started and manage a week and then quit.

My next challenge is working in the weights (3 lbs.) regularly. They sit in my living room now and rarely get moved. I finally put together all my printed out Spark Exercises and now I have to organize them, so that I can start slowly adding in daily strength exercises. Maybe it won't seem so daunting to just add a few! I also am trying to learn how to track my strength exercises. I added a workout, but haven't figured out how to change it or manage it as easily as the fitness. I will! I'm not sure how those SP challenges go, but hope to figure one out with some friends in July. Any takers? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I just do upper body strength, since my cardio works my lower body. I do those with the small weights and follow the suggested 2 sets of 15 repetitions and I do about 10 minutes of these. I hope to add more and more variety in the future, but don't feel bad about doing very small incremental things. They will eventually get you where you want to be. I also invite you to the Summer 5% challenge I am participating in. My team is the Determined Daisies and I think they are still accepting members although they do go quickly.

    2799 days ago
    Sounds like you have a good plan and have made progress already. I'm not very good with the strength training myself and need to figure out how to get it incorporated. Keep up the good work!
    2799 days ago
    Sure, when the time comes I plan to invite you to our CATS 5% challenge team! Also, congrats on your bicycling! That's exactly what I mean by going at it my walking program.

    About the weights...I do some very basic exercises with 3 lb. weights. They are called upright row, lateral raise, bench fly, curls, triceps extensions and wrist curls. Then I do crunches, wall push ups, lunges, and a few other calisthenic type moves. Crunches I have to do on the bed...I hurt too much even on a mat! When I started I did just 10 of each thing...and I did that for a I do 12. Only one set each. I know that's not much, but with the you know we must do a little at a time. It used to hurt a bit in the beginning, but now it doesn't bother me. Again...slow is key! emoticon emoticon This is us with our program...but that's okay!!
    2802 days ago
    How about a Leslie Sansone in home walking DVD? Most of her walks are full body workouts (either using 2 lb handweights, dumbells or resistance bands). What's so good about her is that she tells you over and over to go at your own pace, and she has "extras" in the background doing the routines a variety of ways. For example on Walk Strong, one uses a 2 lb ball, one a 2 lb dumbbell, Leslie uses a 5 lb dumbbell, one uses handweights, and one only uses her own body weight. They all get a good strength training workout!
    2802 days ago
  • LAURA2471
    I think it's amazing that you are doing so well, especially with Fibromyalgia! As for the weights, maybe doing them while you watch tv and just time it instead of worrying about repetitions, like - one arm for one commercial, the other arm for the other commercial (30secs each). Just kinda detach and let your body do the work. I hope that helps.

    (just be aware enough not to injure yourself)
    2802 days ago
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