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I.M.MAGIC's Photo I.M.MAGIC Posts: 12,839
12/17/11 1:56 A

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Sounds suspiciously like the usual weekend warrior stuff: too much too soon too often!

I can't do twenty five minutes of ANYTHING except sleep! LOL

When I'm starting out with a program, I start with 5 minutes. Each week I'd add ONE MINUTE, and stay there until it gets easy, then bump it up another ONE MINUTE. If it's strength training, I never add more than 5 reps.

The technique I was taught in MindBody Institute classes is called pacing. I have a timer. I spend so many minutes working and then I'm REQUIRED by the program to stop and rest, put my feet up, or do some restful kind of activity for the same amount of time.

I had it all the way up to 15 (minutes or reps)--and then I had MAJOR surgery last year, and two more surgeries this year... and I pretty much had to start over. I'm in my third session of physical therapy right now (three separate issues! LOL) so in addition to that, I'm up to six minutes/reps on cardio... and on Monday I bump it up again.

And Monday and Thursday I do the "floor" or lying down exercises, Tuesday and Friday I do the standing or seated ones. Wednesdays and Saturdays are for practical applications like running errands, housework etc, or for PLAY. ESPECIALLY play. LOL

The thing is...

...TAKE BABY STEPS.

You may feel like a wimp, but you'll be able to keep going. And being able to REPEAT a successful workout, even a tiny one, is the real key to success. Just like learning to walk... or run... or dance... one little step at a time.

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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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12/16/11 6:28 P

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Talk to your Dr. He/she may want to change some of your medications. I too took a long time off due to dificulties with my fibro. I've been back in the game only a week but I still feel pretty good. The first thing I did was talk to my Dr. and he changed up some of my meds. The thing to remember is as your activity changes your body reacts to these changes. Sometimes not in a good way. Also try walking 2-3 times a day with no incline for shorter periods of 5-10 minutes to see how your body reacts. I know it is challenging. I was very active with cardio and strenght training before the fibro hit. I would work out for an hour or more a day with super high cardio and hit the weights daily as well. I was buff! Now I only dream of those workouts but I do what I can when I can. Stretch before and after and remember it may just be your bodys way of saying "Hey what's this!" Keep at it and talk to your Dr.

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12/15/11 8:19 A

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I read your first post wrong. Thought it said shin.

Just continue doing little movements at a time. I haven't had the problem of not being able to do the things I want to do. I'm a pretty stubborn person and don't listen to my body most of the time.

Never give up!

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12/15/11 1:13 A

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Well, it's not shin splints I'm having trouble with. I've walked on the treadmill so little I don't raise my heart rate or my breathing. It's so light it's not even as much as walking up my stairs, but I'm really having trouble. And yeah, I was definitely doing warm ups. But it's just strange, because the amount of pain I have would make you think I went swimming for 2 straight days and overexerted myself, or climbed a mountain. Even my fingers ache. Heck, my skin aches. I've not worked out for 3 days and I'm still suffering, but not nearly as bad. I'll hit it again after Christmas, so I can still be conscious for Christmas stuff without taking too much pain med.

Funny, last year I didn't have this much trouble when walking around the block 2X. Heck, working out, you'd think I was doing nothing but standing still I was moving so slow. Oh well, We'll see what happens. This has been a miserable back fire, that's for darn sure.

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12/14/11 8:28 A

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Try stretching.

Shin Splints usually occur when we either start off too fast of a pace or if we don't stretch after exercising.

You might want to start out going 1mph and go up gradually. Hang in there!

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12/11/11 9:11 P

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I walk 10 mins. twice a day, use the exercise/stability ball, and the resistance band. i know most of this is in a sitting or standing position but it doesn't cause pain unless I am in a flare. I also do a lot of water walking when I have a pool available. This puts no stress on the joints and does work the muscles well without pain. There are times I can go for an hour and then times for just 30 mins. but it has helped tremendously. Good luck in finding a way to exercise with less pain!!

Eileen

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12/11/11 8:37 A

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I've found using an exercise ball is sometimes the easiest, least hurtful thing. Anytime you can do gentle stretches is helpful, too.

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12/11/11 5:20 A

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In addition to fibro I also have chronic nerve pain so perhaps I'm in a different position but I would find 25 minutes on the treadmill too much. Have you tried 10 minutes? That's all I do at a time, sometimes only 5 mins but every bit counts!
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12/11/11 2:13 A

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My Fibro has gotten to the point it's been some time since I exercised, and sometimes it's really affecting my ability to do things I need to do. The meds were doing better for me, so decided to start an exercise program, only after three days of it, I've had a huge fibro flare. Even my skin hurts. I'm only using a treadmill, and only going at 2mph for about 25 minutes, so it's frustrating that this flareup occurred after only 3 days of exercise. So any suggestions - I'm open to advice. :)

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