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7/23/12 12:35 A

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It's true that consistency is important. On bad days I do slow down a bit--doing a few less reps and taking my time--but I really try to never quite stop! LOL

There are exceptions... like I had a mild case of heat exhaustion, and had strict instructions to NOT participate in the usual activities until the headaches and dizziness quit... I was a bad girl, I still did my walks... if you can call what I did "walking!" LOL A Seattle Snail's pace, in the wee small hours before sun-up, or creeping around after dark like a sick vampire! LOL

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Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 7/23/2012 (00:35)
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7/22/12 2:39 P

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I'm really enjoying this topic - Thanks!

I really like the water exercise tips, and the Limited Mobility reference too; I'll check that section out right away. I'm just starting up again on SP, and my biggest obstacle (or excuse) toward reclaiming my fitness has been the "No Exercise" order from my PM Doctor. I used to power walk regularly, like up to 3-4 miles several times per week to keep fit, but now I have chronic Achilles Tendinitis in my left ankle that swells daily. My central and lower back, and thighs are a big problem for me too.

Anyway... A few years back I had access to a swimming pool right before my Daughter's wedding. I kind of did my own thing making up water exercises for my lower body and tummy. It helped a-lot, and I lost 18 lbs in about 3 weeks! Now I'm gonna start using my Tony Little Gazelle - Glider Exerciser. I bought it a couple of years ago because it is a low/no impact cardio workout I can do in my home. I'm also gonna do my very slighted version of Pilates that I do with 2.5 lb dumb bells, and I use my coffee table for a work-out bench lol! I'm gonna focus on stretching/elongating my muscles, and starting out just 5 minutes at a time - increasing to 30 minutes per day (15 cardio, & 15 resistance reps), 4 days per week. I'm gonna track my measurements. Tomorrow is my Start Day!

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7/22/12 4:09 A

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I hear you saying that you did a water arobics class and have been hurting ever since. For me the secret is to keep doing it, it usually doesn't hurt so much when you are active and doing the exercises it is when you are inactive and not doing them. I don't mean to exercise excessively but to exercise daily in small amounts. I do have daily access to the pool at the Athletic club that I belong to and I do much better when I can go daily. It is the days that I don't go that seem to be the most painful.

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7/19/12 4:37 P

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I just wanted to say that I'm very glad to find this group...and that I hate swimming! :P I wish I didn't, but I do! Walking is okay for me as long as I don't over do it and go uphill. I tried something called Gentle Qi Gong, which the pain clinic offered and which is kind of like Tai Chi, but it works on your acupuncture meridians. Yeah- I was in tons of pain after every session of gentle Qi Gong, even though everyone else there was twenty years older than me and giving me the side eye. I am making a goal of walking my little dog every day for twenty minutes. Getting out in the fresh air seems to do me good.

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7/18/12 9:16 P

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one person put "listen to your body" if i did that i would never get out of bed but a person can't live their life like that. i dont know how long i have had fibro but i know i have hurt for at least 8 years. im not on any med for it. i have recently started walking again on my treadmill. it hurts but so does the extra weight im carrying around every day. i would love to do water exercises but no access to a pool. i would love any tips to help deal with the pain and the fact that people can't tell there is anything wrong with you. sucks to have your body screaming at you in pain and people be like really you look fine.

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7/17/12 3:22 P

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I find the best exercises working for me are the sit down cardio and strength training abs and upper body on SP. They have helped me get started and you do them according to what your comfortable with. They are low impact on the body and I am seeing the results already. You find them under Lifestyles and the Limited Mobility section. Check it out, its very good.

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7/17/12 1:42 P

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I'm 22 and have Fibro since I was 15. I can honestly say that my arms are the worst. I can't do much arm excersises other wise I will not be able to even roll over in bed.

I agree that stretching is the number one thing that helps me. I try to stretch twice a day. In the morning and before bed. If I go for a walk I stretch after my walk.

Being a stubborn over achiever makes it so I hate water aerobics. I don't think they're effective enough, but then I go and do something that has me bed ridden for days.

Each person has their own tolerance and own excersises. I'm going to say to find what works for you. I know walking is a good way to get out and loosen up. But if you're new to excersise I'd start with water aerobics until you can notice a difference in your pain level. I don't want to tell you to go for a walk with ankle problems and then just colaps.

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7/16/12 6:09 A

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I have been putting off exercise since my diagnosis in March, and finally joined the Y so I can swim. It seems to be my only option at this juncture (I also have had several ankle surgeries, the most recent being Nov 2010 and am starting to have some knee problems on my other leg.) I'm not a huge fan of water aerobics, though I may try a class here and there, but swimming laps at my own pace is at least something. It felt so good to actually move my body. I'll admit that it was a bit frustrating to be completely lapped by the much older and somewhat heavier woman in the lane next to me (I'm 39 and this fibro crap is really taking a toll on me) but quickly put it aside to concentrate on me. Honestly, my goal is not speed by any means, but being able to move my body, my legs especially. Good luck on finding something to work for you; it's been so hard for me. About the only other thing I've been able to tolerate is to keep 3 lb hand weights by the couch and do some reps with them while watching tv with my husband. Anything that involves me being on my feet has been a complete disaster at this time. I really hope to build up some strength by swimming so that one day I can at least do some walking.

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7/10/12 10:05 A

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of course, water exercise is the best because it is so easy on the joints, but if you do not have access to a pool like me, I think the key word is gentle.. there are some days that just getting up showering and doing my daily routine of dressing can wear me out. I try to walk some, ride the exercise bike and stretching exercise are good.. Sparks have some really good ideas for these.. I also do some chair exercise.. the key I think is listen to your body, on a day you can do more, do more and on those bad days do less.. be gentle with yourself and try not beat yourself up for not being all you think you should be doing.



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7/9/12 8:35 P

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The soreness isn't from the water exercise... it's from the exercise... period! LOL

People with fibro walk a fine line between doing enough to make a difference and doing too much... and the line changes every day! LOL

It doesn't matter what kind of exercise you choose to do, if you choose to do too much. That's the key. Water exercise is really great for people like us because it takes some of the stress off the joints and muscles, but it's easier to do that little bit too much that makes such a huge difference. Back off a bit and you'll see what I'm talking about! Your recovery time is going to be longer too.

It took me a while to realize that I had to pay very close attention to what my body tells me. It doesn't hurt for no reason. It hurts because I have an abnormally sensitive pain response--and the pain IS a response to what I do to it. Food sensitivities can add to the issue, so you need to look at that too, which makes the nutrition tracker here another great tool...

If you've been active all your life and find yourself with fibromyalgia, it's hard to accept the fact that you now have to start out so slow-- and make increases even slower-- it doesn't feel "normal". It ISN'T normal-- but it IS do-able. We all experience this nerve disorder in slightly different ways, but you'll find that we have a lot in common too--and needing each other is one of them... You aren't alone in this any more, and we've all pretty much been where you are now.

Some other favorite exercise ideas here: Tai Chi, Yoga, (anything stretching is good) Physical Therapy... we even have bicyclists and runners. You have to experiment, just try different things, until you figure it out, and keep an ice pack and/or heating pad handy for those down days.



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"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!

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

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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I'm curious as to which exercises you have used with fibro. I did a water aerobics class last week and I have been very sore ever since. Its frustrating, you know? Thanks.

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