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Thursday, November 08, 2012

This week I received a wonderful gift. My daughter discovered that a local group is sponsoring free exercise classes especially designed for people with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that results in chronic pain. People with fibromyalgia have widespread pain, aches and stiffness in muscles and joints throughout the body along with unusual tiredness. If you want to know more about it here is a link to a Spark health article: www.sparkpeople.com/reso

When you are already experiencing ongoing pain it can be hard to even consider doing traditional exercise. Moving your body may be the last thing you feel like doing but I have already found that it really does help. When you have chronic pain it is easy to over-do any activity. The good thing about gentle movement is that it increases your awareness of how your body is feeling as you move, thus helping you to avoid injury.

In fact, using a gentle way to stretch and relax the muscles has helped me become more active than I have been for years. So far, I’ve been pretty much on my own, experimenting to find what works best for me. So the good news about this class is that for the first time I can learn more about mindful movement with a group and have the encouragement that comes with working out with others.

I attended my first class on Tuesday and found a knowledgeable, well-qualified instructor and a group of supportive participants. We began with general warm-up exercises and then did gentle stretches to increase range-of-motion to painful muscles and joints. Afterwards I felt more energetic with no increase in pain. Yay!

The Low-Impact Aerobics class meets on Thursdays. Strength and Balance is the focus on Saturdays. Each session closes with a cool-down relaxation set that is very important to reduce any post-exercise soreness.

I'm feeling very hopeful and grateful that I have this new resource. And I'm looking forward to reporting my progress.

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