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I do water aerobics for an hour twice a week. Exercising in a heated pool feels wonderful and I don't hurt at all afterwards. I am pretty tired though after the hour is over. I do walking in between the water aerobics days, but am limited now due to a sprained ankle.
I really hope you can find what works best for your body. Keep trying and allow your body plenty of rest in between exercise.
Hopefully some other members will weigh in with what helps them get through exercise.
Michelle from Florida
Co-Leader, Fibromyalgia and Exercise Team
Co-Leader, People with Health Issues United Team
Welcome to the team!!!
Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "
Not sure how many reps and sets you are trying to do with the dumbbells, but maybe try to do a little less to start off with. Take it slow go low if you have to even if you have to go with smaller weights to start off with that may help. Don't push yourself to hard and to fast. Also make sure after you do use the weights that you do some stretches afterward as that can help as well.
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I'm Angie and I live in Chicago. I was formally diagnosed with fibro about a year ago, but the diagnosing doc thinks it's probably been the culprit starting with headaches at 16 years old! fast-forward 20 years, and here I am still struggling, even with a doctor who literally wrote a (very good) book about fibro: www.amazon.com/Healing-Fibromyalgia-
(Is the link OK to post here?!)
I consider myself lucky though, because after crying through a lot of simple workouts a couple of years ago, I lost 70 pounds and I ride my bike to work (10-mile roundtrip) as often as the weather permits. I even developed some muscle! I've regained 10 pounds though and have been positively devastated about it, even though it was mostly my fault (got a little loose with the food and WHAM! crept on almost overnight!).
I desperately want to relose those pounds and find a way to tone up (my midsection is soooo flabby) that I can tolerate with the fibro! I feel like the smallest bits of weight training (intervals with 3- to 5-pound dumbbells) more often than not throw me into a flare, so I'm here to learn from you brilliant people!