Okay, so does anyone have any exercise suggestions for me? I just turned 23 and I live with my parents and two younger sisters (and a bunch of pets) in New Jersey, and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago. Here's a little more background...
I was a member of a gym, from Feb. 2007-Sept. 2008,(women only, actually, but not the reason I joined) that cost about $50 a month, but as a student I could pay month to month (or skip a few days when I didn't have the money, etc.) and sometimes they'd run "student specials", like $99 for June-Labor Day and $99 for Dec.-Feb., but I haven't been able to afford membership there since the summer promo ended (Labor Day).
I love(d) it, as they had lots of weight machines (which I love) and two rooms for group classes (didn't do those as much) and a big pool, and I loved the group aqua classes. Not a big fan of the treadmill (though I did it fairly frequently), the elliptical always caused me a lot of pain, so I gave up on that, and did the stationary bike sometimes, but it always seemed to make my feet sore.
I love dance (took classes for 8 years) and do some bellydance when I can, but along with almost everything else, I have very little room to do it. I live with my parents, and the house is just over 800 square feet. My room is 8 feet by 8 feet, and with a twin bed, a dresser, a TV stand/dresser, and a bookcase, there's barely room for me to stand and get dressed, let alone exercise, lol.
The only other really communal space in the house (other than the one bathroom, lol) is the living room, but it's very narrow, and I'd have to push the coffee table between the woodstove hearth and the couch (blocking the way) to get enough room to lay down or actually move, but that creates other problems, too.
When I'm in that area, dancing or playing DDR or whatever, I'm too close to the TV cabinet and some breakable things risk getting bounced if I'm too active (my 120 pound younger sister shakes things when she plays DDR), I'm in everyone else's way and no one else can be in the living room, and I can't do anything when others are sleeping, as I'll wake them up.
I've tried doing Spark Videos near the computer in the front door area (the bottom part of the living room, it's like the bottom of an "I", though there is no wide space as the top of the "I") but even then I (somehow) wake up my parents and sisters, just by marching in place and things (it's not the computer volume, I know that).
There is one other place in the house I can go, which is in the basement, in front of the freezer, washer, and dryer. There's a space about 10-12 feet across (the length of the freezer, washer, and dryer) and about 3 feet wide (the walkway around to my dad's computer workshop) that I use to dance, skip, march, etc. when I can, but I can't do that when my dad's down there, which is most of the time he's awake and not at work. It's not enough space to lay down or anything, and if it's cold, like now, I need to wear a coat, since it's an unfinished basement and the outside air gets in the basement.
So I loved the gym (mostly the the pool classes and strength training), but I'm relunctant to pay for the membership again, since I've been unemployed (and desperately searching for work) since August of 2007, and gone through unemployment and every unemployment extension (as of two weeks), so I'm really trying to save what little money I have. I've thought of trying Curves, as I did a free trial and it seemed fun. The problem there is mostly that they have really limited hours, and I'm a college student (will be commuting 55 miles each way to a university starting in two weeks) and I don't even know what my schedule will be yet.
I really dislike walking outside, to be honest. I managed to do it 5 times a week for a month, but it was torture and I HATED it. I try to dance around the house when I can, I used to love to take my dog to the dog park and run around with him, but we have two dogs, and if I take my dog around the neighborhood for a good walk, I'm expected to take the other dog (not nearly as well behaved on a leash since other people don't really walk him) for a walk, too, which is tiring, not to mention annoying, and I feel bad taking my dog to the off-leash dog park ($25 yearly membership) when my sister's dog can't come (again, not behaved enough around other dogs).
I also go walking around the local mall (about 10 miles from my house) sometimes, often dragging my sister, and I try to drag familiy members to go Geocaching/hiking/walking with me when I can, too.
So currently, since September, my exercising has been limited to bowling once a week (I'm on a league with my sister), forcing myself to walk around the neighborhood 5 times a week for a little over a month, dancing when I can or marching in place, jogging, etc., and walking the mall and Geocaching (I think that's it?)
I'm sorry if this came out as babbling, but I'm sort of stuck right now. I realize this may sound like a bunch of excuses, but they're really not, it's just how things are for me, and any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks, and sorry if I'm bothering anyone.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." -M. Gandhi
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