Fibromyalgia & Exercise
Last week, we looked at getting a restorative sleep, so let’s talk next about the impossible dream … exercise. ugh! Tweet
You’ve probably heard the success stories about people with fibromyalgia running a marathon. Doesn’t it just make you want to burst out in laughter? Right, I can’t even walk to the mailbox and you think I can run a marathon? Right.
Personally, I hate those commercials on TV where this person with “moderate” R.A. (Yes, I have R.A. also) is running all over the place, enjoying life, playing with their grandchildren in the yard and I yell out, “Yeah, right. Not in a million years!”
When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, my doctor did advise exercise, BUT gentle exercise. He suggested that I try to get some movement into my routine. Not running 5 miles a day but setting aside maybe 15 minutes, for movement. It could be that I would be able to walk down the street in 15 minutes, but then it more likely would be just making it to the mailbox. Your goal is an amount of time, not distance.
Movement is very important. Exercise helps remove toxins from your body, so movement is indeed something we need to add to our daily routine. Movement is also necessary to keep your muscles strengthened. Get out the daily schedule and add one or two 15 minute slots to your day.
Again, I stress that we must begin with very gentle movements. No pain involved here. So I would like to take a few posts and talk about different movements that have helped me.
I can hear you saying, “But I can’t even get out of bed ..” That’s OK because that is where we will start.
Gentle Exercises You Can Do in Bed
- Breathing – We talked about this for relaxing, but it is also an exercise. When we are ill, we tend to hold our breath or take shallow breaths. We need to get back into taking good deep breaths, it’s the first step toward the impossible dream. I gave instructions for deep breathing in my previous post, 10 Restorative Steps for Relaxation.
- Stretches – Next we don’t want our muscles to atrophy. One thing I don’t want is that flabby skin hanging down off my arms! 🙂 Besides all that, the less we use our muscles the weaker they become and this causes more pain. So keep doing some stretches to keep everything working. Remember this can be done in your bed or in the line at the grocery store. You can Ask Doctor Jo, or google for more good stretches. Here’s a short video from Dr. Jo …
Come back next time and we’ll get out of bed for a little more movement toward the impossible dream.
Dreaming big dreams;
Where do I start with exercise when it’s all I can do to deal with the pain? @ggmandy http://wp.me/p7NFKu-1mI
So what question about fibromyalgia do you have or are you most often asked? I’m working on a piece to answer some of the most-asked questions. Click here to brainstorm with me.
Lean McCullough – Freedom From Fibromyalgia