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From our house to the main highway is 5k so today because it was a nice enough day I decided to try, for the first time which I thought would be a different challenge, to walk to the highway and back to see how my body would react to the outside walking conditions. About 1/3 of the way I started feeling my baby toe on my left foot complaining it didn't have enough room and was rubbing the toe next to it. At about the second third of the walk my right hip mentioned it had a kink and once I noticed that the rest of the body wanted to tell me their woes also. It took me 40 min. to walk and the wind was a bit too cool for my comfort level but other than being a little discomforted it was an enjoyable experience. I definitely could see myself doing this again on a warmer day when there was no cool wind.

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I go swimming at the local pool. I find the water really helps with pain and I can go alot longer in the water than I can on land and the hot tub after the work out is heavenly on the aches and pains

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12/31/13 2:52 P

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I use regular work out videos because I need high energy motivation. Then I modify all the exercises I can't do.

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I do wall pushups because I can not get down of the floor. Along with leg lifts. I also bout a dual peddler, upper body pedals for the arms along with foot pedals.
it was not that expensive in the Brylane catalog online. help tone & build strength(which I need). Also I walk the dog with my husband sometimes 2 or 3 times when I can

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Mt exercise program is not for everyone. I have a lot of pain of course. I am bipolar and have fibro which means once upon a time i used to use the "cutting" method to control my pain. The pain of the box cutter sliding through my skin was enough of a distraction from my whole body and endorphins were released and I felt better for a while. This is what you call NEGATIVE behavior.

Then I decided that exercising hurts more than cutting so I better give this a try. I started with some core exercises and leg strengthening exercises. Then I decided with some friends of mine to do a couch to 5k program. It does a lot of walking and some jogging if you can handle it otherwise just work up to the 5k by skip the jogging by changing speed on your walk. Then stretch stretch stretch which I use yoga techniques. I downloaded a paper off the Internet.

I got some plantar fasciitis so that is the only "worse" pain. I have lost weight, I have lost inches all of which will help my fibro. I get endorphins from the exercise but I do not feel MORE painful, just a bit more tired. If you cant do the 20 minutes do 5 or 7.

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I take a very gentle yoga, with a group of women my age. We are not into hot yoga, or competition, but what our body can do or not do. No stress or pressure. It is wonderful but it hurts. It is worth it as long as I go at my own pace. No downward dog for me! I sleep better at night now. I found it through my church and have been going 8 months now. I also walk at least 45 minutes a day, to work and back, and with my dog. On the weekends my DH and I hike. It sounds like a lot, but I take my time and use walking poles on the weekends. Without moving I would be totally unable to work. I have had fibro for 23 years now and it is quite painful at times. But moving is my best option.

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7/4/13 7:52 A

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I have been meaning to try yoga. Does anyone do that at home to a video or to YouTube videos? Does anyone know which type of yoga to try/avoid? I hear that hot yoga is a horrible thing to do for fibro patients, but I don't know any of the names or anything. Any advice would be helpful. :)



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It's hard to find an exercise that is enough to burn calories. I walk my Boston Terrier "Sophie" twice a day. But, that's for her exercise & potty breaks. I also have a mini-trampoline in front of the TV. I bounce on it during commercials. I got some exercise bands to try & tone the wings I've developed under my arms. EEEK! I also can't do very much exercise due to OA through out my spine. Another reason I must lose the last 30 lbs. I want to lift weight's, but I can't use my arms without my arms supported. Any advise on exercises that could fit my limitations would be greatly appreciated! emoticon

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Walking is my best form of exercising. You can walk at any pace or distance. Some days I do just 1.5 miles and others I can do 4 miles. Every day varies in that way but I can still do something most days. I always stretch AFTER though or my muscles will tighten up and not let go for a few days but if I stretch POST walk routine then I will be fine! Also, dancing is great fun for me. I can't follow choreography but turn on music and do my own repetitive moves for at least 30 minutes is really fun and works up a big sweat!

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I have found a series of tapes by Jodi Stolove, called “Chair Dancing” they have a tape for cardio, toning, yoga, and stretching. You do all this while sitting in a chair. The cardio is a 45 min low impact aerobic workout and it works. It really helps on the days when standing up is not going to work for working out and it adds support for my back.

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I always tell people the best exercises for fibro people (in my opinion) are yoga and swimming. I also recommend recumbent bikes (it helps with my back pain to be able to have support) and water aerobics. Be careful about strength training, of course, because that can make it worse. I like to use my own body weight, so squats, push-ups, tricep dips, lunges.

I take bellydancing classes, but this is obviously not for everyone and I am not working so I have time to recuperate the next day (and believe me I need it!). I also use recumbent bike at least once a week and practice yoga almost daily. I used to swim more but I don't go to a gym with a pool anymore.

Hope this can help someone, as you guys certainly help me. :)


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By now your foot is all better, but it did get me to thinking about other exercises when we can't do much.

Air bicycle is both fun, easy and a good workout when you can't get out of bed. One of my favorites. Also sitting up and using a resistence band will help with strength.






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Sorry to hear about your foot, I hope it feels better soon. I agree to move the things that don't hurt as much as you can, leg lifts, arm pumps with cans, situps? Maybe something like that.

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great idea about putting it in front of the window and plugging you tube in for a video

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I prefer outdoor biking but that has been put on hold for now.
So I recently bought a recumbent stationary bike.
I was not sure if I would be able to tolerate it or stand the boredom.
But I'm happy to report so far so good. The back rest leans at an angle so your back is supported and there is no pressure on my hips. I have worked up to 2 miles a day. I'm taking it slow, looking for any sign of twinges. As far as the boredom, I have it in front of a big window for now. Also turned on a youtube video to watch. Or my favorite so far is sitting and biking while chatting on the phone. emoticon



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Anna, your husband is right about the risk of not noticing pain when you are on some of the meds doctors put you on for a time. I actually hurt myself worse when I was on them once for what we later discovered was torn cartilage in my ribs. I felt so good while I was on the meds I went out and weeded my flower garden and did all kinds of things I shouldn't have.

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Thanks for all the input! I really appreciate it! I don't have room for much of anything in my shoe box sized apartment, and after talking to my hubby, I'm just taking it easy this week. He really wants me to just rest the ankle/foot and let it heal, and not to try working out while taking oxycodone Something about me hurting myself worse because I don't notice pain... *shifty eyes*



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Another thing I mentioned on our chat is that if you have a pedal exerciser it works best with an exercise bench (got mine for $15 at a used sports equipment place). You can store it under the bench and when you use it sitting on the bench it does not scoot out from under you like it usually does when you are sitting in a chair. I do floor exercises, weight exercises, upper body exercises and even hip exercises on that bench.

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great tips Cinderrelic

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Exercise bench or bed exercises along with chair exercises work really good. Ihave problems with one leg and both feet at the moment. With an exercise bench my I can brace my bad leg and never use my feet on the ground to put pressure on them. The same can be done with a bed, but it has more give. You can also use pillows for support.

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I know it's cardio you want, but instead of sitting around doing 'nothing', you could do some weights for your arms or pilates, etc.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. (Phillipians 4:13)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)


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That's a tough one. You could try a stationary bike with no resistance and see if you can tolerate it. Another idea may be seated or lying resistance band work with high reps, it will get your heart rate up. Sorry I can't be of more help!

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Unfortunately I don't have access to a pool, so I think I'll probably spend the week doing a lot of resting, and just watching my food. Worst case I'll gain a pound. That's nothing new to me!



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I agree with everyone's advice. :)

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Good advice already given. I find any form of water exercise to be a great work out and it is essentially painless. But you need access to a pool. Beginning Yoga helps with core exercises and a lot of energy is used with the different poses. Rest that foot and begin when it is feeling better but don't over stress it or you will be back in the same place. Good luck!!

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I would recommend chair exercises until your foot heals. Also som Epsom Salt soaks for it. I know it isnt cardio but at least you will be using your body and burning calories.

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You can't do it at home unless you have a pool, but swimming would be a good alternative to exercising on your feet.

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I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. (Phillipians 4:13)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)


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So, because I am OOBER talented, I managed to get tendinitis in my right foot and ankle, from exercising barefoot. I need to stay off my foot for about a week or so, or until it stops hurting like hell. I am currently on oxycodone to manage pain, but I really REALLY want to get some form of cardio in at home. I have heard shadowboxing is a good one, any others? Thanks so much :-)



 
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