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   Posted 9/5/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, I remember on another thread you were interested in ab exercises that didn't hurt the neck or back. I do pilates almost everyday. I started off with really simple ones, and took more rests than in my videos. Now that my abs are stronger, I have an easier time as I don't rely on the neck muscles as much. I do a more advanced ab routine now, but I still have to take more rests or do less reps than they do to rest my neck. Some days I skip the ones that hurt more. But there are some there that are really easy on the neck if you want to start off. I need to lose weight, but more than that I needed to trim the tummy. I now only look 5 mths pregnant instead of 7 mths, lol. If I miss my abs workout for a few days in a row, my tummy bulges out again.

This first link is an excerpt of the video I started off with. Warning, the standing routine is a killer on the legs! But one I wanted to show you was the pelvic tilt (about halfway through the montage). Your head is resting on the mat, so no strain. Lift up your pelvis, just think of bringing the legs closer to the spine, and the spine to the floor. This is a great start to be aware of your abs and engaging the right muscles.

This is another excerpt from the same video. This is great for helping with balance, and also uses the abs. When I first started, my arms were to weak to hold up for long, so when I tired, I put them at my sides. After the reps are done, stretch your right arm up, left by your side, left foot extended to the side. Then bring your right elbow and left knee together, you should feel the side of the tummy work. Stretch back out. This is such a good stretch, and once you are stronger, keep the extended leg off the floor to make the abs work even more. Repeat with the other side.

This one is rolling like a ball. When I first started I had to kick up my feet, and I also could only grab under the knees, no way I could get back up if I was holding on to my ankles. As I got stronger I was able to grab further down my legs. I can almost do it holding my ankles now!

Leg lifts are another I really like. Again, the head is resting, so I can work the abs without strain on my neck

I hope that this can help someone interested in starting to work out.
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   Posted 9/5/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Pilate's is a great suggestion Mamanan!  I have done for years--the first couple of years with a personal trainer.  I have big neck issues too.  When I do some of the laying down exercises, where you don't have to lift your head , like leg lifts, I put a small rolled up towel under my neck.  This helps a lot.  Like you, I sometimes have to rest more than usual between reps.  And if the exercise gives a choice between lifting head or not-I don't.
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   Posted 9/5/2009 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks mamanan!!! My goal is to get down to my pregnancy weight, the most I ever weighed when pregnant was 148 I'm not too far away. My stomach is about 8 mos along.
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   Posted 9/5/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the ab exercises!

I've had four abdominal surgeries including two abdominal hernia repairs. My core strength is almost non-existent. I want to build up my abs so, hopefully, I never get another hernia. I am terrified that I'll get another hernia, the repair surgery is the most painful thing I've ever experienced.

My last surgery (hernia repair and endometriosis removal) was about 5 weeks ago and due to some minor complications, I'm not allowed to do any ab work or lift more than ten pounds for at least 3 more weeks, possibly more. My doc said I should try physical therapy when I am released to work out again but there is no way I can afford the co-pays. Even a few visits is out of the question right now.

I'm looking forward to trying these when I am finally able to work out again.

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   Posted 9/5/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad I could be helpful. This forum has given so much to me, it's about time I gave back :)

Puppylover, what a great idea for the rolled up towel! I'll have to try that next time I do my video -yes, I said video ;)

Marlee, I am now down to what I was after dk#2 before I got pregnant with dk#3, who are very close together. I'll never get down to what I was before #2 was conceived, but I'll be happy with 20 lbs more. Which means I only have to lose another 15, woohoo! I've lost 50 in the last 2 years, after #4 was born. yes, I'm very proud of myself. and I'll shout it from the rooftops :)

Dagger, I've never had a hernia, but I have had 2 C-sections and 2 laparoscopies. I think I feel part of your pain, but probably not all. It really sucks when your abs are so loose. One thing I've noticed since doing all these exercises, my balance is MUCH better. Strengthening your core really helps... I don't fall over anymore. Also, it has helped me with my shoulder pain. I carry my body better, so I can tell when the stupid fibro wants to bring my shoulders forward, which it does. I read a study about fibro patients getting their shoulders up around their ears and too far forward. Now that pain is all but gone. Pilates is my new drug of choice, I can't say enough good about it.
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   Posted 9/6/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I took a Pilates class a few years ago and ended up not being able to turn my neck for almost 2 weeks. I even skipped all the exercises that felt like they were straining my neck. I actually spent half the class doing nothing. Needless to say, this scared me away from Pilates.

I will give these a try though, they seem very "neck friendly."

I am guilty of wearing my shoulders as earings. Yoga helped me a lot and has reduced my shoulder and neck pain. Unfortunately, due to the hernia, I haven't been able to practice more than a few simple poses for over a year now. I found the hernia over a year ago and it took this long for me to find a surgeon and get up the nerve to have the surgery because the previous hernia repair was the worst experience of my life.

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   Posted 2/4/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tostosbe,

Welcome to the fibro forum. Thanks for the exercises and the site. It is very much appreciated. I think most people that suffer from fibro also have belly fat. Most that is, not all. The site is very much appreciated. Thank you.

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