Anna, your doctor is right. You will feel better (less pain) and have more energy if you start to exercise. When I was in top form, I was easily doing 30 mins step aerobics or fast walking, ab pilates or yoga and some resistance training in a session. But I built up to that.... I didn't have time, nor the will power to keep at it for a while, adn I'm trying to get back in a routine. And it is hard at first, but I know it gets easier. I waitress, so I'm already on my feet and moving, but it's not the same as exercise. Step aerobics helps me with burning calories and energy levels, pilates for core strenght which keeps my body alligned so less back pain, yoga to stretch my tight shoulders and hips, and resistance training to help me stay strong.
I get foot cramps for the first couple weeks, and shooting pains in my legs. I push myself, but not to the point of exhaustion. I also know that on the bad days, I can only handle maybe a 20 min walk. Those are the days that I feel like I have been dipped in cement and moving requires just too much energy. I know that if I push on those days I'll just hurt myself so I'll take it easy. And if I stop for more than 4-5 days in a row, my endurance is right back at square one, which is very frustrating. And there are some exercises that I know I can never get enough strenght for, like push ups, my arms just can't do it.
I have to laugh at some of the college kids at work, who complain they are so sore and hurt so bad after the gym. That feels good! If you can get yourself conditioned, you can feel that work out kind of sore, and it is so much better than the fibro pain.
Oh I used to be active.
The old me was thin and active. I used to have a gym membership. Not the card you keep in your wallet to feel less guilty, the kind you use :)
I would LOVE to go back to that. It's a long run, but baby steps! I plan on doing everything I can. Push through the pain and feel that burn working again!
Thanks for answering x