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.
Water Exercises for Fibromyalgia: The Gentle Way to Relax And Reduce Pain
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