What do you do for exercise?

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   Posted 3/22/2018 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I was curious to know what some of you do for exercise, especially in times of bad weather.

Besides doing my twice a day stretches and exercises, I take short walks and if the weather isn't cooperating I turn on music and walk around the house and sometimes even dance.

I try not to sit for very long. It makes me stiffer and can increase my pain.

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   Posted 3/22/2018 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Sitting does stiffen me up..stretching most days..

I have a treadmill , i have walked on it a little recently.. i use a step counter..on days when i am trying to get more steps in, i take the long way, even in the house..just an extra loop or two

My step counter was not counting the treadmill steps , but i read to wear it on my waistband may help that
I also found a conversion chart, of minutes on treadmill to number of steps.

Roller coaster weather has my stamina down, so i am slowly trying to move more and build on it..

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   Posted 3/22/2018 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been doing much, admittedly. This has been a rough winter. Mostly it's moving about indoors (we have a lot of stairs in our house). I find a lot of my time is spent running my kids around to their activities and it wears me out - exercise is usually sacrificed. I'm hoping that, with warm weather around the corner, I'll start walking again. I find that to be the best exercise - about a 1/2 hour on a dirt path. There's a nice park near me that has no pavement to hurt my feet and beautiful trees and grasses to look at. Right now i'm back to looking at my schedule - what else can I cut out to get the focus on my health. I seem to be in a full time flare.

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   Posted 3/22/2018 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I walk or swim depending on the weather. When I lived up north I would use my walking in place video. Using it for 15 minutes was like walking one mile. It kept me moving which is so important with fibro.


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   Posted 3/22/2018 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
In the winter I walk on my treadmill and eliptical. I have a pool so in the summer I swim laps. Sometimes I ride my bicycle in the summer too.

Today, unfortunately, I shoveled snow. And I'm already paying for it.
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   Posted 3/24/2018 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to admit that I do very little in the way of exercise. I don't handle heat well and my muscles refuse to work if I get hot. Even not doing anything but being in an overly warm environment. Thankfully, I tend to run really cold so that helps. I've ended up in a store before and had to sit in order to got out and to my car.

I do try to stretch and walk more but not distance or all at once. 5 min here or there.
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   Posted 7/12/2018 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing exercises which I remember from the school or just invent them in motion every morning for 10-15 mins and it helps me to start the day with a good mood. Also, any dance/move music is appreciated here!

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   Posted 7/13/2018 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I just thought. I have been known to walk in Walmart when it's too hot/cold. I can only meander holding onto a cart but it does get me moving.

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   Posted 7/13/2018 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Any type of exercise we can do is beneficial for fibro..

I am having some issue with achilles tendonitis this week, so its slow going..but it will pass.. have had it
Before..so i am more stretching this week,

I also have an indoor recumbent bike , which is easier than a treadmill for me..

Still feeling draggy after so much rainy weather in the spring..so may try some acupuncture..it has helped me in the past.

This illness takes time but we can get to feeling better if we take self help steps..

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   Posted 8/14/2018 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I must confess that I don't have a regular exercise routine but our 2 cocker spaniels keep me going. They see a bird outside so they want out to chase it so I let them out. The poor thing is gone long before they get there since they make so much noise. Then they want back in. Minutes later they see another bird outside so out they go again.... and back in. Then the best! They see one of the squirrels! They whine and cry to go out. OK, I'm up and moving again to let them out. Once they are satisfied that they are the winning hunters they want back in. Oh, one of the cats is in the living room. Might as well give chase for some added fun. devil Later I catch them snuggling with the cats. This is how my day goes. It's relaxing when they take their afternoon naps because I sometimes join them, or at least kick back in the recliner for a while. They are under 2 so are very active. Somehow I doubt they'll slow down any time soon. Cocker spaniels are natural hunters even if they don't catch anything! They never give up. rolleyes

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   Posted 8/14/2018 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chutz, I know what you mean about being the door person for your furry friends. I do this all day too for mine.

I walk with a dog about a mile and several days a week I bike ride a little. But I do also stretch everyday. It really helps. I also do some floor exercises which were given to me by a PT years ago for lower back and hips. Of course my young golden retriever thinks I am on the floor to be sat on๐Ÿ˜‰

I highly recommend a dog to help keep active.
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   Posted 9/18/2018 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I swim daily,
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