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   Posted 2/5/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Most of us here have been told or have read that exercise is good for people with fibro. Most of us have also probably heard of "runner's high" where a person gets a feeling of energy or excitement from exercising. I believe that is due to endorphins, etc being released. So to those of you that exercise my question is do you get that feeling of being energized after your work-out? My exercise of choice is walking usually on a treadmill plus specific stretching and strengthening exercises for my orthopedic issues. I don't get that "up" feeling from the exercises. I just get that "tired" feeling. Sometimes I get a good feeling of accomplishment but never that "runner's high". How about you?

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   Posted 2/5/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
When I'm not in a bad flare-up, exercising gives me that "up" feeling. When I'm in a lot of pain, it does make me a feel a little better while I'm doing it (I usually walk on the treadmill and play Wii sports.)
Susan

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   Posted 2/5/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, exercise does give me energy. Even just working out with light weights. I always feel better afterwards, unless I am in a flare, then nothing helps.

I think if you continue you will feel better, you might be going too far with it, as we as fibromites have to be careful not to over do it.

Keep trying. I am sure you will feel better.

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   Posted 2/5/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Energize?  Uh, no.  I must not have any endorphins to release.eyes

 

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   Posted 2/5/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Walking does give me more energy and, when the fibro is under control, a brisk walk is energizing to me.  But, I do my walking outside so I also have a lot of visual things, too, that lift my spirits.  I know I would hate using a treadmill.  I would be bored to tears and that would be work for me.  But walking around the neighborhood and seeing the sights and the critters does me a world of good for not only my fibro but also my attitude.
 
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   Posted 2/5/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input so far. Sherrine I prefer to walk outside to see the sights but I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan and with all the snow and ice on the roads and sidewalks, I find walking outside this time of year to be just asking for trouble. I wasn't sure when I bought the treadmill if I would use it or not but discovered I do like it. I like having the control of the speed, distance, time, etc it gives me plus if I start having a bad time of it I can just cool down and hit the recliner and heating pad instead of having to drag myself back to the house or car from a mile away. I just got done with my walk and must be like Donna. I think my endorphins have gone on an extended vacation without me. At least my pain isn't usually increased by the exercise. Thank goodness for small favors. Lisa
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   Posted 2/5/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a walking in place video I do when I can't get outside.  I also have a Dancing with the Oldies with Richard Simmons.  He makes me laugh and it's fun and I only do that until I'm tired.  I do get bored very easily.  That's why I never joined a gym when I had better health. 
 
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   Posted 2/5/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am usually glad I have done something, but I don't get the runner's high. Back before fibro I used to run a lot and I would get that feeling a few miles into a run. You feel like you could keep going forever, everything is in sync and you feel amazing.

I saw somewhere that endorphins are not released until 30 minutes after you start strenuous exercise. I don't think my walking qualifies as strenuous these days! :)

This article lists other activities that release endorphins other than exercise.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2063616_release-endorphins.html
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   Posted 2/5/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Excercising does make me feel better. Somedays I have to push myself to walk, but once
I'm out there moving I know it's a good thing. My muscles are stiffer on the days I don't
do much. My fatigue level has been high lately but the weather here has been really gloomy.
If I didn't exercise on a regular basis I would certainly feel worse.

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   Posted 2/5/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

As a former tennis player that is VERY familiar with endorphin highs, NO walking etc. does not do that. Yes, as others have written it energizes me a little but no the high you remember. You have to get that heart rate up and steady for a good 20 minutes, no way walking can do that unless you are able to power walk. I would power walk for 5 miles and did reach that high. I sooooooo miss that feeling. But as we all say it is what it is so any moving is good.

Patsie

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   Posted 2/5/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Dancing is good too. And exercise helps unless it hurts! Donna, where are your endorphins?

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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I took a yoga class in the fall that made me feel better about myself and my abilities, but it changed absolutely nothing in regards to my fibromyalgia. It did not change my abilities and if it affected my energy, it was only to drain it. Most weeks I needed a nap right after my class was over (6pm). I use a Wii Fit now when I feel up to it, but only because I want to be doing some small thing to keep my muscles from getting even tighter. It doesn't make me feel any better, and sometimes makes me feel worse.

Exercise has NOTHING on my chiropractor. I feel so much better after a good adjustment! Also, I find acupuncture gives me a nice energy boost, but that might be because I usually fall asleep partway through. At any rate, acupuncture makes me feel like a million bucks when I leave the office and for the next few days, without the aches that come after a massage.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
It really doesn't make me feel better. I have other problems in addition to the fibro that compound the pain, so I really don't do a lot of "exercise."

I do, however, try to stay active in my daily activities. I clean my own house, do my own laundry, run errands, walk at the grocery, etc. I pretty much use up all my energy doing those things.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I found it very interesting to hear your take on this subject. I guess I don't really expect to get "runner's high" after my workout but feeling a bit energized would be nice. It would give me one more reason to do it especially on those days when I just want to hide under the covers all day. Maybe I am hoping for too much at this point in time. I had foot problems and surgery last year so became even more deconditioned. I'm back to being able to walk mostly pain free but it does take time to come back from the problems I had. I guess I need to be a bit gentle on myself for awhile but keep at it and maybe that energy will come. Take care everyone and keep moving. Lisa
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   Posted 2/9/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never been nor will I ever be one for structured exercise routines, BORING. Like others I would much rather go for a walk outside where there is nature so I have something to look at. There is a fine line for me between exercising enough to feel good and over doing it to the point of fatigue.
 
I know I'm weird but accomplishing things in my house that takes energy releases the feel good endorphines for me.
 
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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
i like to walk when i can my problem is that i can't find the motivation to do it. when i do i usually feel worse, and i could sleep for hours afterwards.
 
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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My dog is my motivation.  She loves to go for walks and she is such a sweetie and the walking is not only great for me but also great for her.  She is extremely healthy now that I started walking her every day and SHE had more energy and more stamina, too, since I started walking her every day.
 
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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
My motivation is my dog too. She is getting old, 14, and when I take her out, she acts like a puppy. So I KNOW it is doing her good, and I feel it does me good too. There are days when I can barely get through it, but I am always glad that I did it.

You have to start out slowly. Even if you only can make it for 10 minutes, eventually you will build up stamina to go a little further each time. Then it will really make you feel good and you will look forward to going.

You can focus on specific muscle groups too when you walk. I focus on my stomache and legs. Try to keep my posture good too. And move my arms. Doing that makes it more benificial if you want to firm up and lose weight.

I hope that this helps some. Like I say, start out slowly. And work your way up.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you brought this up! There is a researcher/professor at Stanford named Sean Mackey. I listened to him give a lecture on Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain on the Research Channel on TV. Actually I've seen it twice. I found a link to this show online so you can watch it if you'd like. I listen to it now and then and always gain some information from it.

But the reason I'm bringing this up is that he talks about the 'runners high'...or lack of in people with fibromyalgia. Where "normal" people will get that high, people with fibro never feel it. We get tired and miserable. Being outside and walking, modest exercise can help us physically and mentally but we lack something in the brain that prevents that high.

If you'd like to watch this lecture here's the link. I do think it's well worth your time. I think I'll start a thread for this video...

Chutz

the video:
www.researchchannel.org/prog/displayevent.aspx?fid=345&rid=28078

this page has links to many of his lectures on chronic pain and the research they are doing at the Stanford Pain Clinic:

video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rlz=1R1GGIC_en___US356&hs=hER&resnum=0&q=sean+mackey&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=blFyS4zKJoXgtgPFyNXOAQ&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CBoQqwQwAw#
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   Posted 2/10/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info Chutz. Very interesting. Unfortunately I have dial-up internet so watching videos is about impossible. I think I will try to do some internet research on it. Lisa
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   Posted 2/10/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never heard of the research channel Chutzie. I know you live in the country so I take it you have a dish and not cable???
 
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   Posted 2/10/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel worse ehn i exercise. I recently heard from a doctor that they are starting to think that exercise for fibro may not be as good as they first thought. thats all I have heard. I know some exercise is good on many levels, but if it feels bad I am not doing it.
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