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   Posted 5/24/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I am doing some toning exercises right now but ordered a workout tape that is a bit tough ( use to do this tape before I got real sick with FM). Now that I am struggling with costochondritis I am afraid that all the jumping around will be too hard. It is hard to except that my body will never be the same. I think I may be too optemistic about being able to do this exercise tape. I am gonna try but I may be back on the board crying about the pain. I have got to get inshape and lose some weight. I want to live a long time.
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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I hear ya. I have gained weight due to medications and lack of exercise because of the pain. I have tried numerous things, including fun things like DDR, but I'm always having issues with it. One issue is that I am wicked heat sensitive, so when I start sweating from it, it makes me sick. And the other one is, of course, the pain. I have a friend with fibro who has had success in using her Wii Fit, but unfortunately I cannot afford to buy it. One thing that has been suggested to me though is yoga. I think I'll give that a try at some point.

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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Sheila, I can't do real strenuous exercises.  I walk and swim and that helps me.  I also have a walking in place video that I will use.  It's by Leslie Sansone and I think it's called the 1,2,3 mile fat burner, or something like that.  I only do it for the one mile and it takes 15 minutes.  That's enough for me because I hate to exercise, but if you can do it two miles or the three miles, great!  They slowly add aerobics to it but you only do what you can do comfortably and they do and it sectioned between the miles, too.  This helped me lose 85 pounds several years ago.
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   Posted 5/24/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sheila - I did two other posts but don't know where they went, so here is a short one!

My daughter does a little stationary biking and yoga. She feels that the yoga helps alot. She finds walking to be a lot more tiring than the biking. She only does about 15 minutes of the biking. I have RA (and PMR) and absolutely believe in walking. I have been a walker for about 20 years. I usually walk 45 minutes - 1 hour about 5 times a week. That has always helped me with maintaining weight or losing weight after pregnancies. I do still bike ride during the nice months. But I swear by walking. Like everything else with these illnesses, its trial and error. Good luck with the new tape and I hope you are able to do it.


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   Posted 5/24/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I like walking, too, and they say it exercises every muscle in the body. You can do it practically anywhere, which means I can do mallwalking even on yucky days - I'm one of the strange ones who actually always LIKED to exercise. Loved yoga, hope to get back to it. But I understand your fear...just start where you are and increase a little at a time, and don't give up completely. If you push yourself too hard, you'll just have to cut back anyway because of the pain.
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   Posted 5/24/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I love to walk, but it really causes me problems now because of my right hip (I have FAI, where the head of the femur doesn't fit into the hip socket properly - waiting to see a surgeon for what to do about it).

So...I've started AquaFit. I absolutely love it...the water feels good, it's easy on the joints and if I can't do a particular move, I just "jog" in place in the water to keep moving. I feel great when I'm done...a good ache when you know you've done a workout, but not so painful that it adds to the misery of your regular pain.

I have tried the deep water workout as well, but found it was a bit too strenuous at this time. If you have a chance to try AquaFit though, do it. It really helps the body feel better and I am sleeping better as well. By doing this and watching what I'm eating, I've been steadily losing weight too.

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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have also been doing water exercises. I sometimes go to exercise on my own, and sometimes, I attend a class. I find that I can exercise much longer without tiring or having pain when I am in the water.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
The true key to getting in shape and toning your muscle is cardio. Doing stretches on the floor in front of your tv will just make you more limber, but it's not going to give you a six-pack or anything along those lines. The best way to get a complete workout that will really make a difference is to do 30+ minutes of walking, running, or biking. After that do some real crunches (not sit-ups) and do a few repetitions with a light exercise weight. A full body workout will really give you results.

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   Posted 5/29/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I, am new on here. I just found out I have a bulging disc, but I am also suspecting either MS or Fibromyaglia because I have a lot of those symptoms as well. My question is, do you guys get really light headed when you exercise? also, my hands and feet get tingly but even worse when I exercise and my right foot gets sore. Not sure if that is all just from the disc or if it may be a symptom of Fibro

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   Posted 5/29/2010 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheila, I think the answer is to find something that you like and keep doing it. Start slowly and gradually add more time to whatever you are doing. I, like Achey, am someone who has always liked to exercise. I love walking which is good because I've always had big energetic dogs. My doctor has suggested that I swim because I have arthritis in my hips and spine but I am so sensitive to the chlorine I can't. Maybe you have a friend or neighbor that you could walk with. Don't over do what ever you decide to do or you might get discouraged. Good luck.
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