I've had fibro and RA for a long time. The exercises that I can consistently do are bicycling on a recumbent bike and water walking/jogging. Start slow and build up! If you hurt, move the time amount or intensity back a little. At first, do your exercise every other day to give your body time to rest. Make sure that you are not starving yourself or you will not lose weight. I am eating far more than I did a year ago and I am losing. I eat 4 to 5 300-350 calorie meals a day to trigger your metabolism because when you eat more than 450 at one time, some of it just sits there as fat. Also, watch what you drink- if you drink no caffeinated beverages and drink only water, I lose more easily. Give up soda and juice. It helps. Good luck. You can lose 50 pounds in a year if you develop a reasonable plan and STICK WITH IT! Persistence pays.
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Water exercise really does help take stress off the joints--but you still have to watch overdoing it; the hardest part is getting OUT! LOL
Whatever you decide to choose, remember to warm up your muscles with some LIGHT aerobics like walking before getting into the moving and grooving and stretching so you are less likely to damage cold muscles... and take things at YOUR pace, not someone else's. LISTEN to your body, and stop BEFORE you get to saturation point. That way you can add a little here and a little there without driving yourself right out of being ABLE to exercise.
Even if you have a bad day, keep it moving. Even if all you can manage is the warmups and the stretching, it's imperative. With fibro itreally IS "USE IT OR LOSE IT!"
AND... know that you are not alone. Whenever it gets you down,or you have a great day, there's someone here to share your griefs and triumphs...
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm! P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
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Secondly.......water!! any and everything you can do in the water is a definate must with fms. water aerobics is a huge helper for fms, especially if you can get into a heated pool like in a rehab/hospital/pt clinic because their pools are usually atleast 90 degrees. To get into a pool that is cooler can be a shock to the fms body and will take much more time in the pool to raise the body core temp back up, if you are able to stay in the pool at all.
take it slow and build up gradually. don't stop doing anything, but some days you may have to exercise from a chair and that is fine. there are some here on sp you can do from a chair and there are online resources for more. on days you feel much better, venture out but again, don't over do things so that you don't rebound or flare-up. it is easier to maintain than it is to recover/heal. there are also stretches you can do from a bed and they are great too. yoga is a good option, but be careful to not over do it and choose a easy version/program as you build up. i tend to be competative with others in a class and will over do it easily by competing subconsciously with others........so yoga in a group is not my friend. :)
good luck at the rheumy!
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It shall be interesting to see what your rheumatologist has to say but all signs sure point that direction. Just remember that this time around, with fibro it's going to be very important for you to listen to your body and not push it. Work out when you can and rest when your body says it needs it. Believe in yourself and
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Just wanted to drop a line to say hello! I am new to the group, but not new to SparksPeople.com. In fact, I have been a member since 2007. After "falling off the weight-loss wagon", I am back to try again.
I have recently been told that I "PROBABLY" have Fibromyalgia based on my symptoms. I'm not happy with a possible diagnosis, even though by my own research it makes sense, and have asked the doctor to refer me to a rheumatologist for a confirmed diagnosis. I see the rheumy in November. Until then, I am accepting the Fibro diagnosis and taking meds to help me function daily.
I have found since about 2009, even before the worst symptoms started, I was having difficulties with exercise. I couldn't do much without being sore for days after. Some days I really push myself. Like at Xmas time, we got the new Kinect and Xbox system and I did 5 straight hours of Dance Central. OMG! I really paid for that. For almost a week after I could barely get out of bed!
I had done Weight Watchers early last year and had dropped below 200lbs and was so proud of myself! Over the Holidays, and since my diagnosis is December, I have put it all (plus some) back on. I am now the heaviest I have EVER been and I hate it! I seriously look at myself some days and wonder how my boyfriend still finds me attractive.
I have my little sister's wedding next Summer and I am her Maid of Honor. My goal is to reach 170lbs before her wedding. That means I have 13 months to drop 50 lbs. My ultimate goal is to get down to 140lbs.
Any suggestions on exercise that others are finding manageable would be appreciated! Today is my first day back and my first day back to tracking my calories. I have told myself that I am going to at least take the dogs out for a stroll around the neighborhood every evening, even if it's just 20 minutes. I need to do something! I want my life....and my body back
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