Exercise. Yes? No?

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Gamma
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   Posted 10/31/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Many people on here ask the question:  Do I really need to exercise?  I would ask you the following questions.
Do you want to relieve your pain?
Do you want to have more movements with less pain in your joints?
Do you want to feel better?
Do you want to relieve those cramping muscles?
Do you want to sleep better?
Do you want your muscles and bones to hurt less?
Do you want to maybe be able to cut down on the amount of meds you take?
 
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it is vital that you have a regular schedule of exercise.  This does not include shopping, picking up around the house or any of that type of thing.  Exercise is walking outside or on a treadmill a good distance, riding a bike, yoga, swimming, pilates, stretching, aerobics, lifting small weights, a gentle workout at a gym, etc.  Whatever you can do. 
I won't tell you that you will instantly feel better.  The truth is that for the first 7-10 days you will probably feel worse.  This is because you are aggravating all those nasty toxins that have built up in your system and getting rid of them.  You just have to hang in there and you will begin to feel better and have more stamina.  Start out slowly, maybe just 5-10 minutes a day and every few days increase the time that you spend exercising.
I know that all of you can do it, I have confidence in you.  So get up, find the exercise that suits you the best and have fun doing it.
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donnaeil
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   Posted 10/31/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
this is the best advice ever. I swim every single day. When in the pool I will also take deep water aerobics classes. I only miss my pool time if I have an appointment that is necessary.

It took me 2 years to get to this level of exercise. Start slo and easy and then move your way up.

Donnaeil

Gamma
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   Posted 10/31/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Way to go Donnaeil.  It really does make a difference doesn't it?  You hung in there and kept at it.  I'm really proud of you.

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   Posted 10/31/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I walk every day. I have two dogs so I go twice. I also like to dance, so I dance around the house. I figure that is my aerobics. I also lift light weights when I can. I have dense muscle tissue so I build muscle easy.

Good thread Gamma

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mamanan
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   Posted 11/1/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
When I got past the hump after I exercised again, I almost felt normal. I felt so good I was questioning my having fibro. I did give it up before Thanksgiving, and it really shows now. I'm in a lot more pain adn fatigued too. I waitress, I'm on my feet walking for at least 6 hours without a break, but it's not the same. Even at home, I hardly sit down at all in a day looking after the kids, the house and all, but it's still not the same. I hope next week I can get back in the routine. I still didn't have time today, this is the first I sat down all day. Oldest ds is sick, I have 3 loads of laundry, floors to mop- from ds, and a casserole to finish to feed the family while I'm at work tonight. Yet I'm thankful, b/c all this does force me to move. If I wasn't so busy, I shudder to think what kind of shape I'd be in! The problem with that is when I do have a day when there is nothgin goign on, I just want to rest and play on the computer. And that is my downfall, b/c then I really tense up. Then it's a vicious cycle, b/c it's so hard to get started moving when you feel that bad.
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Marlee2
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   Posted 11/1/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are going to force me to dust off the treadmill huh??? I know I don't get enough exercise, I like to think shopping is exercise. turn I know the two weeks we have had Krissy I have been moving more and it only hurt the first week. I can't take her for a walk til she has had all her shots. So okay I will get the treadmill out and start walking a little more each day.
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 11/1/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
For a couple of years I exercised (water and weights) three times a week. It didn't really help my pain any--it stayed about the same. What it did do was make me too tired to do anything at all on the days I exercised. I just barely got a shower. No errands, no cleaning, no cooking,no nothing, I could barely stand when I was done. I have gained weight since I stopped exercising and I wish there was a way I could exercise without so much fatigue. I am supposed to get my heart checked out to see if that is the problem. We'll see. Diane
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donnaeil
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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My girlfriend, age 80 once told me. "When I exercise regularly I am fat. If I did not I would be fat, fat, fat, fat, fat."

That is enough to keep me going. We have to do what we can and then msake 10% incremental increases every so often.

In addition, some forms of exercise make me more tired than others. Tai Chi exhausted me but I can work out in the pool a few hours and be okay. I think it is the land thing.

Donnaeil
Who up until May of the year was terrified of water but got over it. lol

Gamma
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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all for so many responses to my thread.

Donnaeil, I sure do envy you and your access to a pool.  That is something I would love to do, but I don't know where in this one horse town to get to an open swimming pool.  Even if there was, I don't drive and my hubby already has enough to do without taking me to a pool.  Guess I'll just stick to my bike, stretching and yoga.

Diane, perhaps you are trying to do exercises that are just to strenous for you until you build up some stamina.  Try starting out slower with gentle stretching and maybe some yoga or pilates.  I have a dvd where you sit down and do the yoga(since I can't stand) and it is very gentle.  They even tell you on there that if you feel tired or sore, take a break and rejoin when you feel like it.

Marlee, yes, you should get out that treadmill and dust it off, then of course you have to use it. yeah    When I was able to walk, using my treadmill was my favorite exercise.  I would put on a headset, turn on my mp3 which has nothing but Bee Gees music, close my eyes and get lost in another place for an hour.  It was kind of like when I used to ride a motorcycle, nothing else in the world mattered except what I was doing, it was like being free of all my troubles.  For me, the treadmill was like a form of bio feedback, something I taught myself to do.

Karen, what you said is so funny because I used to do the same thing.  When I could get outside to walk I would walk anywhere from 2-5 miles a day.  When no one was home and I was running around doing chores I would crank up the music and dance while I worked.  Good thing nobody could see me doing that. :-)

Mamanan, my heavens you do have your plate full, so many responsibilities.  Can't anybody help you around the house?  Maybe mop those floor and a couple of the loads of laundry.  Remember how good you said you did feel when you exercised?  I know that it's not easy, but sometimes we have to put ourselves first, do what is best for us and then we are better able to take care of those who depend on us.  Just a tip, when I was as busy as you, the crock pot saved me a lot of time and work.  It's so easy just to throw everything in the pot in the morning and let it cook all day.  I used to think everything, like meat had to be thawed first, which took time, but the fact is, it cooks better if you throw it in there frozen.

Keep up the good work everybody!


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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought dusting it off was the exercise. turn I do find exercise routines and walking on the treadmill boring. I would much rather be playing a game of volleyball with other fibromites my age. It would probably be the slowest games in history but it would be fun.
 
I would like to have one of the WII games but I don't see that on Santa's list for this year.
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 11/2/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, Marlee, I think one of those Wii exercise things looks good, too. My youngest has a Wii, but he doesn't live here and I doubt he will give it to me. (maybe when they come out with a new one, he'll give me the old one.;) Diane
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   Posted 11/3/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Gamma-

I love to walk. I can't go for any long distances, but what I can do does make me feel better. In fact my body craves it. With winter just around the corner I decided I am going to do Mall walking. Alot of the seniors (I'm not far behind them) are at the mall I am going to go to, and they will probably do laps around me!

I opted out of starting to swim at the pool at the "Y" when my Physical Therapist suggested it. I know I would be exhausted by the time I drove there, got in and out of the pool, blow dryed my hair and got back home. Although I have always loved water and to swim, my body is different now. 

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   Posted 11/3/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the wii I have the wii fit and everyone in the house uses it and tries to break the other persons record. I also clean houses and trust me when i tell you it is a work out, I do not get that same kind of work out whem i clean at home because it is a little different When at home you generally clean 1 bath at a time vac one or 2 rooms at a time, I have a 4000 sq foot home that i clean it takes 2 days and trust me it is a work out.bending lifting stretching, when i vaccm it is my aerobics when i vac steps well there are 2 sets and it is a big work out.
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   Posted 11/3/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have one grandson that has every game out there, wonder if he has a wii he would like to part with??? Yes, he is quite spoiled and has to have the latest version of everything.
 
With 8 grandchildren to buy for for Christmas I don't think I'll be buying any games for myself.
 
To me it doesn't matter how we move as long as we move.
 
GamJill we can walk on the beaches this winter. smilewinkgrin
 
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   Posted 11/3/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
My rehab guy wants me to walk to help improve on my progress. He said ideally that I should increase the amount of time 10% every week up to an hour per walk. I told him that I walk anywhere between 15-35 minutes depending on the day and how I'm feeling. He told me that was great. He then stressed to me that it isn't the amount of time walking that is the most important thing, but that I am out there walking. In other words, for me, doing it is more important then how long or how fast. The rest will come naturally as I improve. I think he is right because if you had told me 6 months ago before I started with him that i would be walking 1 1/2miles in 30 minutes with little pain I would have told you you were crazy. But that's what I'm up to so far and will try to slowly up it but will have to try a treadmill as the weather will be getting funky here before too long. An hour on a treadmill sound way too boring but maybe my ipod will make it fly by. I hope so, at least. Like Gamma said, everybody out there, keep moving. Lisa

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   Posted 11/3/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I just bought a treadmill a couple of weeks ago and I am doing about 20-30 min 4-5X a week. As it gets colder I will be on it 6X aweek. I am moving not so fast, but yes I am moving, that is what counts. I enjoy my time on the treadmill, it is me time and that is another important part for my health, so I am getting a physical workout and a mental break. I sometimes listen to music or just get lost in my thoughts, but it is a nice quiet time for me.
I also have an IBD so somedays I cannot venture far from the loo, so a treadmill is the answer for me. I have already noticed a difference on the days I don`t walk compared to the days that I do, I feel much better and able to fall asleep abit better on the days that I exercise.


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   Posted 11/3/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have notived such a difference since I began to walk every day. I started walking down the street and back and now I am walking 3 miles every day. I use my treadmill if it is cold or rainy, otherwise I am outside! I have also added Yoga for the last 6 weeks and it has really helped. No matter how hard it is, just start. You will be so glad you did. Just think....you may find some old clothes you forgot about while you are cleaning off the treadmill like I did! Gentle Hugs all, Take care.
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