I often get asked about exercise and how is it possible to start and maintain exercise when you live with chronic pain. We are told time and time again to exercise and the importance of exercise and some ignorant people suggest that our fibromyalgia would be cured if we just did so.
Only people who live with chronic pain understand the dilemma of how to pace ourselves without increasing pain. It is a very fine line.
I have tried many things to increase my fitness levels since my diagnosis. In the past, before Fibro, I was a dancer and a dance teacher so I use to love to move. Dancing now is not an option. Too many weak muscles and too easy to fall and have an injury.
I have discovered with trial and error, what works for me and I hope it works for you too.
Walking and jogging and exercising in water. YES! I even jog now, quite fast and for 15 minutes which actually gets my heart rate up. This is increasing my general fitness plus it feels fantastic to do this kind of movement again. I didn't start with jogging though I built up to that.
Actually when I started at hydrotherapy classes I had difficulty pacing myself. You can read about it here if you are interested. Since then I have learnt to really pull back, go slow and increase my movements in tiny increments. My balance has increased which is really important as far as not falling over. I am not fatigued all the time. I really look forward to exercising now.
This book is really helpful in explaining how to exercise in the water when you live in chronic pain. It has lots of helpful illustrations with all of the elements that go into a water exercise program appropriate for fibromyalgia: warm-ups, stretching, aerobic exercises, strength exercises, balance exercises, exercises focusing on the abdominals, neck exercises, cool downs.
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Join us each week in helping others understand the challenges of living with Fibromyalgia. We would love you to participate especially as this is the month that people around the world share messages of support and awareness for Fibro fighters. We can all be educators and raise awareness of what it is like living with this chronic pain condition.
You may not be in the position to run a workshop or host a fundraiser or have the time or energy to advocate to your local government but you can share the following articles within your online community. It's easy to do, just click on the links below and find the articles that you would like to share. This will help more people understand, and together we can do more. Please use the hashtags #ThisIsFibro and/or #FibromyalgiaAwarenessMonth You can also find hundreds more informative posts written by people who live with Fibromyalgia in our previous week's link ups.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, with many symptoms - sleep disturbances, fatigue, cognitive disorders, stiffness, numbness, tingling. The main symptom is widespread muscle pain. ~ Lee Good, Fibro Files.
The butterfly is embraced as a symbol of Fibromyalgia awareness. Soft as breath, nearly weightless, it is an excellent allegory to the impact even the lightest touch has on a Fibromyalgia patient. When a fellow Fibrate states hugging their child hurts too bad they can't do it, it breaks my heart. A major symptom of Fibromyalgia is sensory sensitivity. ~ Leah Tyler, Chronicles of Fibromyalgia.
We know that our symptoms reflect systemic dysfunction. We may have dysregulated thyroid function, impaired digestion, and an over-stimulated stress response. We may be super-sensitive to sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and even touch. All of these responses point to a systemic issue. The Central Nervous System is unhappy and from that, every system of the body has the propensity to malfunction to some degree. ~ Sue Ingebretson, Rebuilding Wellness.
Welcome to this week's Fibro Friday where you can find out more about Fibromyalgia and help spread awareness by sharing the articles here. May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month worldwide and we are using hashtags to share on social media. Please join in with the Fibromyalgia community using #ThisIsFibro and #FibromyalgiaAwarenessMonth May 12th is Fibromyalgia DAY so this is a great day to share and make sure everyone has heard about Fibro. We will be sharing EVERYDAY this month and hope you can too. The world needs to know about Fibromyalgia so we can get better treatments and more research.
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It's time to show the world what it's really like to be a fibro fighter as it's Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on the 12th. Join in, at Fibro Friday this week, by sharing your Fibromyalgia stories here and sharing some of the others far and wide.
WELCOME to Fibro Friday at Fibro Blogger Directory. What is Fibro Friday? a week long blog link up where you can share and find fibromyalgia articles written by people who live with Fibro. It's a great place to explore new blogs, learn more about Fibromyalgia, make new fibro friendships, and grow relationships. Please be sure to say HI! and introduce yourself and your blog in the comments.