Exercise ~ The Impossible Dream for Fibro Warriors

Fibromyalgia & Exercise

Last week, we looked at getting a restorative sleep, so let’s talk next about the impossible dream … exercise.  ugh!  

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 

    1. 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.
    2. 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;

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 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


11 thoughts on “Exercise ~ The Impossible Dream for Fibro Warriors

  1. I recently purchased a really good yoga ball (75cm–the size is really important, my old one was 65 cm) and it’s the perfect way to keep moving. I sit on it and gently bounce whilst I type or watch television. The bouncing elevates my heartrate to the ‘fat burning’ zone, but it’s so much easier on my body than running or walking (I do those, too 😉 ).

  2. I keep thinking I’ll get into some yoga but haven’t yet. It would probably be a good thing. I used to do a little years ago with my WII fit. Don’t even know if it still works after all these years.

  3. These are great thoughts! I’m so thankful for the therapy that has improved my Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, but those exercises have made me put my yoga movements on the back burner. I miss it! So, I am trying to add it back, in little increments, just as your post recommended. Thanks for these ideas! –Blessings!

  4. Thanks for sharing these, Mandy! I’m finding myself having a lot of tightness in my neck and shoulders and this short video by Dr. Jo is just what I needed to help me stretch.

    Blessings to you!

  5. Thank you for sharing your journey with fibromyalgia. I don’t know a lot about it but I know my mom had it. She ended up being pretty sedentary. Blessed to watch how you take care of yourself.

  6. Too funny. It think it’s a sign, you should get started. My next few posts will be about gentle exercise. I haven’t really done any yoga. (a little with my Wii, many years back). I need to find someone to write about how yoga helps with fibromyalgia pain.

  7. Thank you for this post! It’s quite a while that I’m searching some exercise that I can do with my fibro. Now I found Dr Jo 😉 I’ve just started the stretching!.

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