I want to give a huge
to all my readers who've commented with various suggestions the last few days during this current "flare" of either my fibromyalgia or EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). It's SO ENCOURAGING!!!
THAT is not something I expected from this... from blogging so often, and about everything - the good, the bad, etc.!!! Sure, I expected it from those who know me here - I knew a few of them would find something good to say to help me not forget my goals here.
I have some really, really great friends here!
Looks like I'll be making a few more!
So again - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!!!
This seems like a good point to share a little more of my routine(s).
Due to many health issues all my exercise must be low-impact.
So, I discovered the Gazelle back in 2000. Mine has adjustable tensions so it's easy to vary the intensity without going all crazy like Tony Little does in his infomercials.
I still mostly do it at 10-minute sessions - always once early in the day, but many days I will do it a few other times.
I've worked some with pilates but have never found any classes nearby to help me with form, so I don't do so much of it. But it is helpful at times.
T-Tapp actually works better for me than anything else so far. It seems more is accomplished with less impact and less stress. Eventually I hope to do the entire 45-minute whole body basic workout all at the same time but right now I have to break it down, working different body areas for maybe 10-15 minutes at a time. I will do the full round over the week maybe twice most weeks.
In January 2011 we bought a set of Zumba DVDs - lots of teaching steps and practicing to prep you for the full dances! So fun! But I found it also too much for my body... so I stick to the beginning teaching steps since that's the best pace for me. Often tho it's hard on me even with that so I don't do it too often. It's still a lot of fun tho!
The newest thing for me is called Fluidity! Not something I probably would have even bought myself, but I inherited from my dancing, theatrical, NYC-bound daughter who loves it but just can't use it right now. Her loss ~ my gain. I hope! I'm still learning how it all works out - so I'm at the very beginning stages but I like that it imitates a dance barre and floor mat. Someday I hope to regain that long & lean look from so many years ago.
All this provides me with a lot of variety to keep some sort of low-impact exercise going on most days. One other thing I do is walk... with 2 canes some days... but, it is what it is! I don't always wear my pedometer (always cheap ones that miss steps often & break easily) but I do have the # of steps noted for my most frequent pathways and I will jot down a number of steps to total up later in the day or the next morning.
My goal with walking is to slowly increase the steps without increasing the pain. But even at that, walking or even just standing on my feet more than 20 minutes at a time will increase pain.
I've worked hard to eliminate prescription pain meds and I don't use NSAIDs at all (due to my own health issues). I've done tons of research on alternative treatments for pain and make use of many modalities to fight the pain, reduce the inflammation, and minimize overall damage to my poor body.
I do appreciate, and even welcome, any suggestions for pain management that do not include taking pharmaceuticals... so if you have something that works for you please don't hesitate to suggest it!
The flare continues... but seems to be finally lessening. Very likely it was connected to some changing weather conditions developing, ongoing, etc. We got some rain today, with a lot of wind ahead of it, and winds have now shifted and temps are climbing again. So maybe a day or two more and it will ease up entirely and I can be more focused on moving forward again.
Until next time; Spark Cheers!