I've recently started working out to build muscle so mine don't have to work so hard. Also, I have weak tendons so my doc said strengthening the muscles will help with that but does it really help with the pain of fibro?
It affects us all differently gentle exercise is much better like short walks, 5 minutes on an excercise bike each day the key is not to overdo it our it makes your pains much worse. Drink plenty of water this helps our muscles and flushes out the toxins in our bodies.
Exercising is a great idea but I totally agree with @A MyFibroTeam Member.
Exercise effects everyone different with fibromyalgia. Some people it helps relieve their pain and with other people it causes pain.
Before I had fibro two years ago I was very active. I played softball, was a big time road biker, mountain climber and hiker. This disorder changed my life. Part of the way I knew something was wrong with me was when I would go out for a walk or some other kind of exercise and I would come home and rest, my body would scream at me in pain. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with fibro that I realized exercise was putting me into a flare. Oh it broke my heart!! So for my new years resolution I have committed to exercise again for the first time in a year!
I have been feeling so good the last three months I was really scared to start again because I was afraid of starting a flare.
So far so good. I'm very fortunate to have a gym in my house so I have been doing 30 minutes on the treadmill and about 10 minutes with strength. Then I go straight into the sauna for about 35 minutes. It's so hard for me to not do more but like Ian said, it's all about starting out slow and gentle. My goal is to increase over time but I will just play it by ear. If you over do it you might be discouraged because you are in pain.
We can never stop moving but you will just have to experiment to see what will work for you. Good luck!
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I agree, and all I've read says as much, that exercise is good--actually, who isn't it good for??? Anyway, when I feel up to it, I usually overdo it. I try to be active in someone at least 15-30 min./day. Doesn't always work out. In addition to fibro, I've had 6 spinal surgeries and that is more of a hindrance to me. Most beneficial for me is a combination of gentle stretching, yoga, Pilates, recumbent bike, hot bath or shower, therapeutic massage. Being in the outdoors is awesome even when I can't be active, because it is so stimulating to my mind. A very good place to start, as Maria in the Sound of Music said. I am in desperate need of positive thinking, and when I don't get enough my depression is far worse than any physical pain. I'm sure many of you can relate! Gentle hugs and happy new year to my wonderful warrior friends!--Jude